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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.33
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Alexander M. Ross suggesting he contact newspapers to help his plans for the black community
Date 21 October 1892
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses Ross' plans that somehow involve helping the black community. It is not clear exactly what this plan involves, but she suggests he try using the black newspapers to help his plans. Worries that few African Americans will care about his plan, since "they take too little interest in doing for their own kind. You will recollect that father only succeeded in getting five colored men to join him. He found it much easier to get white men and money from white men to help him. Doing good to others is often very, very discouraging, especially when they do not seem to take the slightest interest in your work, nor care whether you succeed or not." Mentions Quaker abolitionist poet John Whittier. Recipient inferred from content.
Subjects African American History  John Brown  Abolition  Slavery  Journalism  Charity and Philanthropy  Finance  Literature and Language Arts  Poetry  Woman Author  Women's History  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  Whittier, John Greenleaf (1807-1892)  
Place written Petrolia, California
Theme Slavery & Abolition; Women in American History
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information Anne Brown Adams was the daughter of John Brown. Alexander M. Ross was a famous Canadian naturalist, also a prominent abolitionist and a strong supporter of John Brown.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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