“What Strange Times:” an anti-slavery newspaper survives mob violence, by Pat Williamsen
“ON TUESDAY LAST A BAND OF FIFTEEN OR TWENTY DEPREDATORS . . .
scaled the premises of Mr. Pugh, the Printer of this journal, at midnight,” reported the Philanthropist on July 15, 1836. The vandals’ intent was to stop publication of the anti-slavery newspaper. They stripped the press into manageable pieces, “carrying away the smaller parts of it.” Grabbing up copies of the paper, the invaders rendered it unreadable “with the contents of a keg of ink found in the office.”
Published by the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society and edited by James G. Birney, “The Press that was assailed, was used for printing the Philanthropist, a journal established with the view of proving, by facts and arguments, not only the practicality of abolishing slavery, but the pressing necessity of doing so, if we wish to preserve our own liberties.”