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Special Collections (Republic Citizen) Negro Freedom, April 11, 1862 M 10418-03

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Negro Freedom

This article is taken from the Republican Citizen, a Frederick County newspaper. Note that the year this article was written was 1862; that predates Maryland's Emancipation as well as President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. It is an editorial that talks about the state of the nation when the controversy of abolition was swirling among the population. The article talks about the fears of many northerners about newly freed slaves emigrating to northern states, instead of staying in the south. This article is important because it is representative of the opinions of many people during the time who felt that while emancipation was a noble cause, the nation was not necessarily prepared for blacks living with whites as equals.

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