What a Black Man Can Do

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Title

What a Black Man Can Do

Subject

Black race

Description

The editor of the Vancouver Register reprints this article from the Memphis Post. The article recounts the biography of a free black man, named Charles Letting, who bought his and his wife's freedom. He attended Oberlin College, and currently owns nearly 900 cultivated acres.

This article carries a dual message to Washington Territory readers. On the one hand it argues that black people can be energetic and successful; on the other, it argues that all it takes is energy for a black man to be successful. The article takes an exceptional black man and suggests that he is typical - that all slaves need is freedom to be successful.

Abstract

This is an article reprinted from the Memphis Post that reports the story of a black man originally from Arkansas who gained an education, bought his freedom and achieved success as a landowner.

Creator

Unknown

Source

The Vancouver Register

Publisher

Vancouver, Washington

Date Issued

1869-03-27

Contributor

This is a reprint from the Memphis Post

Medium

Web

Type

article

Bibliographic Citation

Vol. 4, No. 24

Temporal Coverage

1869

Provenance

Washington Secretary of State History Database

URL

http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/newspapers.aspx

Start Page

1

End Page

1

Geolocation