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Master of Arts (MA)




It was Providence which led me to the Massachusetts State Library in Boston on the afternoon of November 17, 1970. I had travelled two thousand miles in search of non-existent copies of the Boston Guardian, a black weekly once edited by William Monroe Trotter. Despite my effort I was informed that its holdings had mysteriously disappeared ten years before. However, in a gesture of appreciation for the distance that I had travelled I was supplied with a copy of Stephens Fox's The Guardian of Boston: William Monroe Trotter. While zealously devouring its pages I came upon a reference to a race journal called The Appeal edited by John Q. Adams of Saint Paul, Minnesota.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1971, David Vassar Taylor