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Appalachicola, Florida... Slave or Free?
Item # 647212
September 14, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, September 14, 1816 Starting on the front page and continuing within is a great article describing a banquet held in Paris to celebrate American Independence, which illustrates the great relationship held between both nations. Another article within describes the the mass migration of negroes from in and around New Orleans to Appalachicola, Florida. Under "Law Question" is a great legal discussion regarding the condition (slave or free) of a child born to a free white man residing in a free state and his lover, a runaway slave woman from Virginia, where the child was birthed in a free state. Nearly 1 1/2 pages are committed to: "Spots on the Sun." Other news of the day is found throughout.
Complete in 16 pages, measures 6 by 9 1/2 inches in very good condition.
This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."
Category: Pre-Civil War