On this day in 1847, Frederick Douglass founded the North Star. The abolitionist publication was ran from Rochester, New York- and was one of the most influential anti-slavery outlets there were. Its distribution would reach beyond the United States, into the Caribbean and Europe as well.
Here, you may read a transcribed article from the paper hosted by the University of North Carolina. With all of the interest in the public consciousness about the period of American slavery, it is important to remember that stories of agency are part of the conversation also.