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Oswald, Eleazer, (fl. 1788) The Independent Gazetteer; Or, The Chronicle of Freedom. [Vol. 7, no. 728 (April 12, 1788)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09728 Author/Creator: Oswald, Eleazer, (fl. 1788) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Newspaper Date: 12 April 1788 Pagination: 4 p. ; 28.7 x 23.7 cm.

Summary of Content: One newspaper published by Eleazer Oswald entitled "The Independent Gazetteer; Or, The Chronicle of Freedom" dated April 12, 1788. The newspaper features advertisements and news on shipping. Of particular note is a petition by Prince Hall against the kidnapping of African American seamen. The petition was presented to the General Court of Massachusetts. It enlightens the court of discontent due to the kidnapping of freed African American sailors who were sold into slavery. It asks that actions be taken to protect the African American sailors in Boston so that they no longer have to live in fear and lose money due to not working. It also notes that some ships that sail from Boston are slave ships that after selling their cargo of enslaved humans return to port "like honest men after having sported with the lives and liberty of their fellow men, and at the same time call themselves Christians." The newspaper also prints a letter from Mr. Lambert to Thomas Jefferson encouraging commerce between France and the United States.

People: Hall, Prince, fl. 1788
Oswald, Eleazer, 1755-1795
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Lambert, Charles-Guillaume, 1726-1793

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: SlaverySlave TradeSlave SaleState ConstitutionAbolitionBlack AuthorAfrican American HistoryAfrican AmericansCommerce

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