Rare Frederick Douglass' Paper, June 26, 1857 Issue, Including Coverage of Stephen Douglas's Response to the Dred Scott Decision

Frederick Douglass' Paper. Rochester, NY: June 26, 1857. Vol. X. No. 28. 4pp, approx. 15.5 x 21.25 in.

Rare title originally published as The North Star (1847-1851). Douglass and his co-editor Martin Delaney merged the paper with Gerrit Smith's Liberty Party Paper in 1851, renaming the publication Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851-1858). Concerned with topics of liberal reform, the paper covered abolition, temperance, women's rights, and other local news stories of interest. This issue reports a speech given by presidential hopeful Senator Stephen Douglas regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on Dred Scott v. Sanford, the final decision of which was issued just three months earlier in March.

According to the article on page two, Douglas's speech "teemed with the coarse and vulgar insinuations, and palpable falsehoods to be expected of a man of his psychological constitution." The reporter dryly attributes Douglas's rant to his "[being] under the influence of that exhilarating beverage, of which he takes too much 'for his stomach's sake.'" The scathing reportage concludes: "...[Douglas's] heart has been completely ossified by his repeated attempts to 'crush out' the spirit of Liberty. One might as well attempt to pierce the hide of a rhinoceros with a sword made of tissue paper, as to attempt to make any impression of good upon his repellant heart. National Democracy is welcome to all such specimens of degraded humanity."


Overall toning, with scattered areas of brown spots. Significant creasing to right edges, with tearing and minor edge loss to pp. 3-4.

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