Merger Creates "Frederick Douglass' Paper"

Merges North Star with Gerrit Smith's Liberty Party Paper to form Frederick Douglass' Paper (printed until 1860). Agrees with Smith that the Constitution is an antislavery document, reversing his earlier statements that it was proslavery, an opinion he had shared with William Lloyd Garrison. This change of opinion, as well as some political differences, create a rift between Douglass and Garrison. Douglass begins to assert his independence in the antislavery movement.

The closest Douglass' paper came to reviewing Uncle Tom's Cabin was William G. Allen's 20 May 1852 LETTER TO THE EDITOR; this is included in the archive's Reviews section. During 1852 and 1853, Douglass' paper also reprinted a wide range of notices, articles and poems dealing with Stowe's novel; these are available in the archive's Notices section. Available here are the various pieces that were written originally for Frederick Douglass' Paper.