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Black Abolitionist Archive
Voice of the Fugitive - February 26, 1852
Alexander Crummell
Voice of the Fugitive - October 22, 1851
Colored American - October 19, 1839
Provincial Freeman - November 24, 1855
Pacific Appeal - April 5, 1862
Samuel Ringgold Ward
Colored American - June 12, 1841
Elevator - April 21, 1865
Henry Bibb
William Wells Brown
Colored American - May 6, 1837
William J. Watkins
William G. Hamilton
Voice of the Fugitive - February 26, 1851
Martin Robison Delany
Provincial Freeman - March 8, 1856
Frederick Douglass' Paper - February 10, 1854

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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