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Black Abolitionist Archive
National Reformer - February, 1839
Colored American - March 15, 1838
Voice of the Fugitive - July 1, 1852
Colored American - July 29, 1837
Anthony Burns
Henry Highland Garnet
Colored American - October 31, 1840
Provincial Freeman - April 22, 1854
Edward Wilmot Blyden
James N. Gloucester
Voice of the Fugitive - November 5, 1851
William C. Nell
Provincial Freeman - June 18, 1859
J. W. C. Pennington
Colored American - February 3, 1838
Elevator - May 12, 1865
Voice of the Fugitive - February 26, 1852
Palladium of Liberty - February 28, 1844

From the 1820s to the Civil War, African Americans assumed prominent roles in the transatlantic struggle to abolish slavery. In contrast to the popular belief that the abolitionist crusade was driven by wealthy whites, some 300 black abolitionists were regularly involved in the antislavery movement, heightening its credibility and broadening its agenda. The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. These important documents provide a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement; scans of these documents are provided as images and PDF files.

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