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A college for African-Americans...

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October 1, 1831

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, October 1, 1831 Within this issue is an interesting article headed: "Negro College" coming from New Haven,and the text beginning: "Our readers, no doubt, will be surprised at the caption of this paragraph & will wonder what we mean by 'Negro college'. We will inform them that we mean, without any jesting, to say that there has been an attempt...to get up an institution in this place for the education of colored men..." with much more (see photos).
The same page has an article headed: "First Law Against Slavery" with the text beginning: "The following document is said to be the first act of any government designed to prevent enslaving the negroes..." being a motion from Rhode Island (see photos).
Another article is headed: "National Anti-Masonic Convention" the text taking about 3 pages. (see photos for the beginning)
Among other reports in this issue are:
* "Appearance of a New Island in the Mediterranean"
* "Piracy"
* "Bank of the United States"
* a document signed in type: James Monroe
* "The Solar Phenomena"
This issue is complete in 24 pages, measures about 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches with minor foxing, otherwise in nice 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

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