Newspapers from the past

1831- William Lloyd Garrison founded "The Liberator," an abolitionist paper that in its later years also promoted women's rights. The paper ran for 35 years, continuously advocating for the "complete emancipation of all slaves." More than 3/4 of its 3000 readers were African American.

One, the orator Frederick Douglass, was so inspired by Garrison's writings, that he founded his own newspaper, "The North Star." In 1847, he started up this abolitionist paper, with the slogan "Right is of no Sex--Truth is of no Color--God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren." It had a readership of 4000 spanning the U.S., Europe, Canada and the West Indies. He wrote relentlessly about racial and gender injustices, claiming, "I still see before me a life of toil and trials..., but, justice must be done, the truth must be told...I will not be silent.

A century later, another civil rights leader, Ofield Dukes, used the same name for his own newspaper.