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Black Abolitionist Archive
Elevator - June 9, 1865
Weekly Anglo-African - June 2, 1860
Weekly Advocate - January 7, 1837
Colored American - July 28, 1838
Frederick G. Barbadoes
Weekly Anglo-African - October 15, 1859
Alexander Crummell
Provincial Freeman - August 5, 1854
Pacific Appeal - December 19, 1863
Weekly Anglo-African - April 7, 1860
Voice of the Fugitive - November 5, 1851
Wallace Shelton
Voice of the Fugitive - June 3, 1852
Martin R. Delany
Robert Gordon
Pacific Appeal - May 9, 1863
Colored American - April 22, 1837
Provincial Freeman - September 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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