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Black Abolitionist Archive
Provincial Freeman - June 10, 1854
Provincial Freeman - April 22, 1854
William Cooper Nell
Henry Higland Garnet
Charles Lenox Remond
Voice of the Fugitive - December 16, 1852
Weekly Anglo-African - November 5, 1859
Weekly Anglo-African - November 5, 1859
Voice of the Fugitive - May 7, 1851
Colored American - September 28, 1839
Samuel Ringgold Ward
Voice of the Fugitive - December 17, 1851
Colored American - December 16, 1837
William Still
William Wells Brown
Colored American - June 22, 1839
Voice of the Fugitive - October 21, 1852
Provincial Freeman - December 22, 1855

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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