No One Who Reads the History of Hayti Can Doubt the Capacity of Colored Men: Racial Formation and Atlantic Rehabilitation in New York City's Early Black Press, 1827-1841
- Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
- University of Pennsylvania Press
- Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 2013
- pp. 314-348
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From 1827 to 1841 the black newspapers Freedom's Journal and the Colored American of New York City were venues for one of the first significant racial projects in the United States. To counter aspersions against their race, the editors of these publications renegotiated their community's identity within the matrix of the Black Atlantic away from waning discourses of a collective African past. First, Freedom's Journal used the Haitian Revolution to exemplify resistance, abolitionism, and autonomy. The Colored American later projected the Republic of Haiti as a model of governance, prosperity, and refinement to serve this community's own evolving ambitions of citizenship, inclusion, and rights.