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Statement from "Aristides"
New Haven Chronicle (New Haven, CT)
April 21, 1827

During the 1820s New Haven's population grew dramatically, as Irish immigrants and young people from the surrounding rural communities moved to the city in search of newly-created economic activities. But New Haven's burgeoning commercial and industrial enterprises offered no employment to blacks, and even the few occupations traditionally open to African-American workers were soon taken up by new arrivals hungry for work. "Aristides," writing in the New Haven Chronicle, gives voice to a new sense of white economic nationalism, arguing that even efforts "calculated to elevate the character of our coloured people" were an injury to white working men.