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The Delaware abolitionist. : (Wilmington, Del.) 1847-18??
Place of publication:
Wilmington, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Delaware Anti-Slavery Society
Dates of publication:
  • Began in Dec., 1847.
Monthly <December 31, 1848>
  • English
  • Antislavery movements--Delaware--Newspapers.
  • Antislavery movements.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00810800
  • 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. I, no. 2 (January 1, 1848).
  • Latest issue consulted: Vol. 2, no. 14 (December 31, 1848).
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The Delaware Abolitionist

The Delaware Abolitionist was founded by the Delaware Anti-Slavery Society in Wilmington in December 1847. James B. Brooke was the publishing agent. Published semimonthly with the motto, "Devoted to Emancipation in Delaware," the newspaper printed articles related to slavery and emancipation.

The Delaware Abolitionist discussed various proposals for emancipation ranging from gradual freedom after slaves reached a certain age to unconditional emancipation. It also considered the proposal of compensated emancipation. In fact, the Abolitionist published an article from a slaveholder who indicated that he would not be opposed to emancipation so long as he was monetarily compensated for his loss. The paper also considered whether or not emancipation would actually benefit African-Americans, religious viewpoints on slavery, and the rise of anti-slavery sentiment in the South, and it published a letter from a slaveholder turned abolitionist.

The Delaware Abolitionist also presented facts related to slavery in the United States. It pointed out, for instance, that for every 100 whites, there were 145 slaves in South Carolina, 109 in Mississippi, 92 in Florida, and 75 in Alabama. Another article discussed the expansion of slavery beyond the South and its impact on the new territories. Finally, the paper reported on the mounting national tension surrounding slavery, including debates over the question in Congress and the efforts of John C. Calhoun to expand slavery to new territories. It is unclear when the Delaware Abolitionist ceased publication.

Provided by: University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE