APRIL, 1856 - 10:00AM

Jefford: Dorian? Dorian, where are we?

Dorian: Where are we! Why, we're in my hometown of Albany, New York, Jeff. Isn't it grand? Can you feel the hum of activity here at the port? Look at all those boats! Did you know that Albany's dock is so huge that it can hold 50 steamboats and 1,000 canal boats at one time?

Jefford: You're kidding, aren't you, Dor?

Dorian: No, not at all! In fact, Albany is such a center of business activity that it is home to 24 hotels and seven daily newspapers!

Jefford: Seven dailies! How can people read so much?

Dorian: No one is expected to read seven newspapers every day! However, newspapers are a great way to keep everyone informed of what is going on.

Jefford: I guess your right, Dorian. Hey, what's this paper that just got handed to me?

Dorian: May I see it, please?

Jefford: Sure, Dor.

Dorian: Wow! This is an invitation to a Vigilance Committee meeting tonight! We have to go!

Jefford: Vigilance Committee?

Courtesy, New York Historical Society
Birdseye View of Albany, 1853


Toscin of Liberty abolitionist newspaper published in the early 1840's at 56 State Street

Two weekly abolitionist newspapers were published in Albany during the decade of the 1840's. One was titled the Northern Star and Freeman's Advocate. It was sold in the Capital Region and as far away as Boston, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Maine. Its purpose was to educate its readers about local abolitionist activities and about the importance of practicing temperance.

The other abolitionist newspaper began as The Tocsin of Liberty, and then had its title changed to The Albany Patriot. Its purpose was to educate its readers about national and international abolitionist activities.

Other abolitionist newspapers that were published in other cities in New York State include The Friend of Man out of Utica, The North Star out of Rochester, and The Colored American out of New York City.