This is the September 8, 1848 issue of The North Star
, an anti-slavery newspaper published in Rochester, New York, by Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was one of the most famous Americans of his time. He was born into slavery, but escaped to the North when he was about 21 years old. He became a writer, abolitionist, and civil rights activist. He founded The North Star
in 1847. It was one of the most important African American anti-slavery publications in the period before the Civil War. It was four pages long. The first page had stories about current events related to abolitionism. The second and third pages had letters from readers, articles, poetry, book reviews, and editorials. The last page had advertisements.