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
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
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
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.