Top of page

Newspaper The Louisianian (New Orleans, La.) 1870-1871 New Orleans semi-weekly Louisianian

View All Front Pages

About The Louisianian (New Orleans, La.) 1870-1871

The Louisianian was founded in New Orleans in 1870 by P. B. S. Pinchback (1837-1921), a black legislator who in 1872 was elected governor of Louisiana. Published under the motto “Republican at all times, and under all circumstances,” it was one of the few 19th-century African-American newspapers that sought both black and white readers.

William G. Brown (1832-1883) served as the paper’s first editor. Born in New Jersey and raised in Jamaica, Brown, like Pinchback, was of mixed race. He resigned as editor in 1872 to become the Louisiana state superintendent of education. His successor, Henry A. Corbin (1845-1878), was a graduate of an Ohio college. Corbin died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 and was succeeded by George Thompson Ruby (1841-1882), a free-born black who had worked in New England and Haiti as a correspondent for Boston abolitionist James Redpath’s Pine and Palm. Ruby settled in Union-occupied Louisiana in 1864 but was driven out two years later after trying to establish a school for white and black children. Before returning to the state in 1874 to edit the Louisianian, he published the Galveston (TX) Standard and served one term in the Texas state senate. In 1878, Pinchback himself became editor-in-chief but delegated most of the work of producing the paper to graduate students from Straight University, a black institution that merged with New Orleans University in 1934 to form Dillard University.

The education of African Americans was a major subject of reporting in the Louisianian. The paper reported at length on Straight University, but also took an interest in other black schools such as Howard University in Washington, D.C. It also encouraged desegregation of school systems throughout the United States. Recognizing the urgent need to educate black readers in politics, the Louisianian devoted special attention to coverage of the Louisiana state legislature and various Republican committees. Also of interest are biographical sketches of black politicians, social leaders, and educators.

Other subjects reported included immigration to the South, African missions, the activities of black Masons, and the New Orleans entertainment scene. Originally issued on Thursdays and Sundays in four pages, the Louisianian (renamed the Semi-Weekly Louisianian in 1871) was published as the Weekly Louisianian  from 1872 until its demise in 1882.

Provided By: Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA

About this Newspaper


  • The Louisianian (New Orleans, La.) 1870-1871

Other Title

  • New Orleans semi-weekly Louisianian

Dates of Publication

  • 1870-1871

Created / Published

  • New Orleans, La. : Wm. G. Brown, 1870-1871.


  • -  African Americans--Louisiana--Newspapers
  • -  African American newspapers--Louisiana
  • -  New Orleans (La.)--Newspapers
  • -  Orleans Parish (La.)--Newspapers
  • -  African American newspapers
  • -  African Americans
  • -  Louisiana
  • -  Louisiana--New Orleans
  • -  Louisiana--Orleans Parish
  • -  United States--Louisiana--Orleans--New Orleans


  • Newspapers


  • -  Semiweekly
  • -  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Dec. 18, 1870)-v. 1, no. 41 (May 7, 1871).
  • -  Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Semi-weekly Louisianian 2326-6309 (DLC)sn 83016631 (OCoLC)9957091


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn83016630

OCLC Number

  • 9957021

ISSN Number

  • 2326-6287

Succeeding Titles

Additional Metadata Formats


Rights & Access

The Library of Congress believes that the newspapers in Chronicling America are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions. Newspapers published in the United States more than 95 years ago are in the public domain in their entirety. Any newspapers in Chronicling America that were published less than 95 years ago are also believed to be in the public domain, but may contain some copyrighted third party materials. Researchers using newspapers published less than 95 years ago should be alert for modern content (for example, registered and renewed for copyright and published with notice) that may be copyrighted. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item.

The NEH awardee responsible for producing each digital object is presented in the Chronicling America page display, below the page image – e.g. Image produced by the Library of Congress. For more information on current NDNP awardees, see

For more information on Library of Congress policies and disclaimers regarding rights and reproductions, see

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

The Louisianian New Orleans, La. -1871. (New Orleans, LA), Jan. 1 1870.

APA citation style:

(1870, January 1) The Louisianian New Orleans, La. -1871. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Louisianian New Orleans, La. -1871. (New Orleans, LA) 1 Jan. 1870. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,