Click on Above Link to Download Document. This document provides an editorial from the New Orleans Tribune, Nov. 22, 1867. In addition, this primary source activity provides reading questions for analysis and evaluation.
The New Orleans Tribune was the first daily newspaper published by African-Americans. In the wake of the end of the Civil War it served as a voice for freed slaves. The November 22, 1867, editorial below shows that despite resentments of how the federal military had implemented Reconstruction policies, renewed federal initiatives to enfranchise and empower African-Americans offered hope that freed slaves – who represented more than 35 percent of the total population in the South – might gain political power.