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The advance. [volume] : (Wilmington, Del.) 1899-19??
Place of publication:
Wilmington, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
P.H. Murray
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1899.
  • English
  • African American newspapers--Delaware.
  • African American newspapers.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00799278
  • African Americans--Delaware--Newspapers.
  • African Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00799558
  • Delaware--Wilmington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01203983
  • Delaware.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204929
  • Wilmington (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 47 (Sept. 22, 1900).
  • Microfilmed by the Library of Congress for the Committee on Negro Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies.
sn 86058063
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The Advance

The Advance was founded in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1899 and was edited and owned by P. H. Murray. The Advance noted that it was "Republican in politics, Christian in religion, and devoted to the moral and industrial advancement of the Negro." It was published weekly on Saturday.

In the September 22, 1900 issue, the Advance endorsed William McKinley, the Republican candidate for president, and Theodore Roosevelt as vice-president. In addition, the Advance endorsed Republican John Hunn for governor of Delaware and other Republican candidates for offices at the national, state, county, and local levels. In some cases, the Advance provided more extensive explanations for their endorsements such as for Winfield S. Quigley for Clerk of the Peace. The newspaper noted that "he stood up for his convictions, stood up for the colored man and his protection in the enjoyment of his citizenship, so unfalteringly that his neighbors noted him as 'the black Republican.'"

While the goal of the Advance was to improve conditions for African-Americans, the newspaper often focused on issues of national interest, including articles such as "Why American Prospers: Industry Stimulated by Gold Standard." The Advance also printed an article suggesting that William Jennings Bryan, McKinley's Democratic challenger who opposed annexation of the Philippines at the end of the Spanish-American War, was actually encouraging Filipinos to revolt against the United States.

The Advance also included a column entitled, "Race Gleanings" with a subheading "Doings and Sayings of the Race." The editor used this column to provide concrete examples of inequalities between African Americans and whites. For instance, the amount of money spent on education in public schools in the South was five times higher for whites than it was for African American children. The Advance also included news of local churches and reprinted a Sunday sermon.

It is unclear when the Advance ceased publication, although it was most likely sometime in 1901.

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