This examination of nineteenth-century journalism explores the specific actions and practices of the publications that provided a true picture of slavery to the general public. From Boston's strident Liberator to Frederick Douglass' North Star, the decades before the Civil War saw more than forty newspapers founded with the specific aim of promoting emancipation. The reach of the abolitionist press only grew as the fiery publications became objects of controversy and targets of violence in both South and North. These works kept the issue of slavery in the public eye as the nation went to war, up to the end of slavery.
Ford Risley is the head of the department of journalism at the College of Communications at Penn State University where he has taught since 1995. He is the author of The Civil War: Primary Documents on Events from 1860 to 1865. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.