Negro Ideas of Liberty
The Walla Walla Statesman reprints news items indicating that former slaves expect to seize the property of their former owners and live in luxury and idleness. For territorial readers, this is one article in a steady diet of such articles, shaping and reinforcing the notion that black men could not handle the responsibilities of citizenship.
The Walla Walla Statesman republishes apparently with comment news items from "eastern journals" purportedly describing the expectations of former slaves for their new liberty.
Walla Walla Statesman
Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees
Vol. IV, No. 32, p. 1, col. F
Washington Secretary of State: Historic Newspapers