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Black Abolitionist Archive
Provincial Freeman - March 17, 1855
James W. C. Pennington
Thomas Pointer
Pacific Appeal - August 15, 1863
Provincial Freeman - November 11, 1854
Colored American - May 13, 1837
Weekly Anglo-African - March 31, 1860
William Howard Day
Frederick Douglass' Paper - February 2, 1855
Frederick Douglass' Paper - January 26, 1855
Colored American - September 16, 1837
Colored American - May 2, 1840
Provincial Freeman - June 23, 1855
Elevator - December 22, 1865
Anglo-African Magazine - November, 1859
Elevator - November 17, 1865
Provincial Freeman - June 7, 1856
H. M. Williams

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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