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Black Abolitionist Archive
Colored American - June 2, 1838
Colored American - March 15, 1838
William E. Mathews
Weekly Anglo-African - January 5, 1861
Voice of the Fugitive - April 8, 1852
Weekly Anglo-African - September 14, 1861
Elevator - September 15, 1865
Weekly Anglo-African - August 31, 1861
Voice of the Fugitive - November 4, 1852
Impartial Citizen - October 10, 1849
Provincial Freeman - October 28, 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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