Readex to Deepen Its Acclaimed Digital Edition of African American Newspapers

<p>Today, Readex distributed this news release:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Readex to Deepen Its Acclaimed Digital Edition of African American Newspapers</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>African American Newspapers, Series 2</em>, will dramatically expand <em>Series 1</em> with newly available titles</p>
Readex to Deepen Its Acclaimed Digital Edition of African American Newspapers

“Mingled Puerility and Brutality”: Highlights from African History and Culture, 1540-1921

<p>The September release of <em>African History and Culture, 1540-1921: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia</em> includes several multi-volume works detailing various regions and peoples of Africa.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Maritime Geography and Statistics: A Description of the Ocean and its Coasts, Maritime Commerce, Navigation, &amp;c. &amp;c. &amp;c.</strong> (1815)<br /><br /><em>By James Hingston Tuckey, a commander in the Royal Navy</em> <br /><br />James Hingston Tuckey’s four-volume work is a tour de force describing the world’s oceans and coasts. Tuckey, born in 1776, joined the Royal Navy in 1793 and by the turn of the century was assisting in the expansion of the British colony of New South Wales in Australia. In 1805, after having returned briefly to England, Tuckey was captured by the French near St. Helena in the South Atlantic and held prisoner for nearly nine years. If not for his imprisonment, it is unlikely that Tuckey’s <em>Maritime Geography and Statistics</em> would have been written:</p> <blockquote> <p>If it should be asked how a naval officer could, during the activity of war, find leisure to compile a work requiring the perusal of many thousand volumes, the answer is unfortunately too ready: it was undertaken to pass away the tedious hours of a hopeless captivity, alike destructive of present happiness and future prospects.</p> </blockquote> <p>In <em>Volume II</em>, Tuckey turns his attention to the coast of West Africa, writing:</p> <blockquote>
“Mingled Puerility and Brutality”: Highlights from African History and Culture, 1540-1921

Constitutions and Constituents: Syria, the Soviet Union, and Security

<p> An interesting dynamic is playing out on the world stage between Syria, Germany, and Russia. In a dramatic historical turn, a unified and economically resurgent Germany is welcoming Syrian refugees even as post-Soviet Russia redoubles its support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad&rsquo;s brutal suppression of the fruits of the &ldquo;Damascus Spring.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To provide some context to current events, in this month&rsquo;s highlights from <em>Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1995</em>, we offer West German and Soviet political commentaries on state power, and a core document, the 1962 Constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic.<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="From JPRS Reports" height="393" src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/JPRS%200915%201.jpg" style="float: left;" title="From JPRS Reports" width="336" />Soviet Press Parallels Chinese Communist and Western Militarists</strong><br /> <em>Izvestiya (News), Moscow &ndash; 25 September 1963</em><br /> <br />
Constitutions and Constituents: Syria, the Soviet Union, and Security

“Into the inner life of the Negro Race”: Highlights from Black Authors, 1556-1922

<p><img src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Hughes2.jpg" alt="Louis Hughes (1832-1913). From Black Authors" title="Louis Hughes (1832-1913). From Black Authors" width="186" height="250" style="float: right;" />The September release of <em>Black Authors, 1556-1922: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia</em> includes Louis Hughes’ heart-pounding and heart-wrenching autobiography as well as several works of fiction by prolific author Sutton Elbert Griggs.</p> <p><strong>Thirty Years a Slave: From Bondage to Freedom: The Institution of Slavery as Seen on the Plantation and in the Home of the Planter</strong> (1897)<br /><br /><em>By Louis Hughes</em></p> <p>In 1832, Louis Hughes was born a slave on a plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. Writing of his early life, Hughes quickly captures his readers’ attention:</p> <blockquote> <p>My father was a white man and my mother a negress, the slave of one John Martin. I was a mere child, probably not more than six years of age, as I remember, when my mother, two brothers and myself were sold to Dr. Louis, a practicing physician in the village of Scottsville.</p> </blockquote> <p>After the doctor’s death, the family is again sold and eventually separated. Hughes writes movingly about the last time he saw his mother:</p> <blockquote>
“Into the inner life of the Negro Race”: Highlights from Black Authors, 1556-1922

Just published—The Readex Report: September 2015

<p><a href="http://www.readex.com/readex-report">IN THIS ISSUE</a>: The curious history of notorious nicknames; the oratory impact of a renowned black author; how the great White North offered welcome and often-overlooked refuge to North American slaves.</p> <hr /> <p><a href="http://www.readex.com/readex-report/war-hawks-uncle-sam-and-white-house-... Hawks, Uncle Sam, and The White House: Tracing the Use of Three Phrases in Early American Newspapers</strong></a><br /><br />By Donald R. Hickey, <em>Professor, Department of History, Wayne State College</em></p> <blockquote>
Just published—The Readex Report: September 2015

Readex Significantly Expands Early American Newspapers with Series 12, 1821-1900

<p>Today, Readex distributed this news release:</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<strong>Readex Significantly Expands Early American Newspapers with Series 12, 1821-1900&nbsp; </strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Hundreds of rare short-lived U.S. papers, available online for the first time&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></p>
Readex Significantly Expands Early American Newspapers with Series 12, 1821-1900

Murder and Mayhem in 19th-Century America: Sensational Accounts in American Pamphlets

<p><img src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/AmPam%202%20e%20SM2.jpg" width="190" height="190" style="float: right;" />This month’s release from the New-York Historical Society’s collection of <em>American Pamphlets, 1820-1922</em>, includes many sensational accounts of murder and mayhem in the 19th century. In some instances these are presented in a lurid style, clearly intended to arouse and titillate the public.</p> <p>Errant clergy, fallen women, filicidal mothers, wronged ladies and ardent lovers are all limned in these short documents, many with compelling illustrations that are unabashedly enthusiastic in their depictions.</p> <hr /> <p><strong><img src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/AmPam%201.jpg" width="366" height="640" style="float: left;" />The terrible hay-stack murder. Life and trial of the Rev. Ephraim K. Avery, for the murder of the young and beautiful Miss Sarah M. Cornell, a factory girl of Fall River, Mass., whose affections he won, and whose honor he betrayed. He afterwards strangled his poor victim, and hung her body to a hay-stack in order to convey the idea that she had committed suicide</strong> (1880)<br /><br />The full title serves its inflammatory purpose and introduces the reader to the tragedy of seduction and betrayal allegedly committed by a prominent Methodist minister in Tiverton, Rhode Island, in 1832.</p>
Murder and Mayhem in 19th-Century America: Sensational Accounts in American Pamphlets

New Historical Newspaper Collections to Meet Targeted Teaching and Research Needs

<p style="text-align: left;">Today, Readex distributed this news release:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Readex Announces Five Unique New Historical Newspaper Collections to Meet Targeted Teaching and Research Needs</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">One-of-a-kind resources focus on American agriculture, business, political campaigns, religion, and official pronouncements and documents</p>
New Historical Newspaper Collections to Meet Targeted Teaching and Research Needs

“A Vitiated Education”: Highlights from Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

<p><img src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Gibson2.jpg" width="451" height="283" style="float: right;" />The September release of <em>Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia</em> includes works examining subjects ranging from the Biblical origins of African peoples to the social and economic progress of African Americans. Also found this month is a collection of dialect poetry by Elliott Blaine Henderson, a contemporary of Paul Laurence Dunbar.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>A Sketch of the Origin of the Colored Man: His Great Renown; His Downfall and Oppression; Also, the Prejudice Which Did Exist, and Still Exists to a Certain Extent, Against Him</strong> (1882)<br /><br /><em>By Charles Griffin</em></p> <blockquote> <p>An irrepressible, active desire to do something to elevate my race to an honorable and equal position among the enlightened quarters of the globe has been the great leading principal [sic] that has actuated me in the preparation of this pamphlet. And so well convinced am I, that this plan which I have proposed is the only practical one for achieving the desired end, that I certainly hope to see it prosecuted with energy and zeal, until the recognition of my race shall be firmly established as those of other races in America.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Thus begins Charles Griffin’s historical account of the peoples of Africa. After tracing their origins as far back as Ham, the youngest son of Noah, Griffin turns his attention to the condition of African Americans in the late 19th century and the cause of the prejudice against them:</p> <blockquote>
“A Vitiated Education”: Highlights from Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

“When Is a Slave Rightfully a Slave?”: Highlights from The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922

<p><img src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Estlin2.jpg" width="351" height="205" style="float: right;" />The September release of <em>The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society</em> includes diverse perspectives on America’s peculiar institution. Highlighted below are an Englishman’s assessment of American slavery and the abolition movement as well as a juxtaposition of the morality of slavery as described in the Bible against its practice in the American South. Also included is a speech by Ohio Representative Joshua Reed Giddings in which he opposes any compensation to the slave traders who claimed losses due to the Amistad mutiny.</p> <hr /> <p><strong><img src="https://www.readex.com/sites/default/files/var/www/vhosts/readex.com/httpdocs/sites/default/files/blog/Estlin.jpg" width="202" height="319" style="float: left;" />A Brief Notice of American Slavery, and the Abolition Movement</strong> (1846)<br /><br /><em>By John Bishop Estlin</em><br /><br />John Bishop Estlin of Bristol, England, was an ophthalmic surgeon and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His only daughter, Mary Anne Estlin, became a prominent British abolitionist and traveled to the United States where she met Susan B. Anthony and other activists. Estlin wrote this work to support the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and in hopes of bringing “into view the leading features of American Slavery and the Abolition Movement, afford[ing] some information to those who have not previously paid attention to the subject.” <br /><br />Describing the domestic slave trade within the U.S., which Estlin referred to as, “one of the most criminal and revolting departments of this nefarious institution,” he wrote:</p> <blockquote>
“When Is a Slave Rightfully a Slave?”: Highlights from The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922

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