The Emancipator

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The Emancipator was an American newspaper founded in 1819 by Elihu Embree[1], the son of a Quaker minister, as the Manumission Intelligencier, and was an abolitionist newspaper in Jonesborough, Tennessee.[1]


It was published from April 1820 to October 1820, when publication ceased due to Embree's illness,[1] and then sold to Benjamin Lundy in 1821, when it became The Genius of Universal Emancipation.

The editor was Theodore Dwight Weld.


The Emancipator was devoted to the abolition of slavery, in this, it was the first newspaper in the United States[1]


The Emancipator was reprinted by B. H. Murphy of Nashville in 1932[1].

Further newspapers[edit]

  • In 1845 in Boston (Mass.) a newspaper was founded, by Hiram Cummings, lasting up to 1848[2]
  • In 1835 in New York City a newspaper was founded, by R.G. Williams, lasting up to 1841 [3]

See also[edit]


  • Vaughn, Stephen L. (editor) Encyclopedia of American Journalism (Routledge, 2009) p. 4


  1. ^ a b c d e Mielnik, Tara Mitchell (1 January 2010). "The Emancipator". Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. University of Tennessee Press. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ "About The emancipator. (Boston [Mass.]) 1845-1848". Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  3. ^ "About The emancipator".