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Black Abolitionist Archive
Weekly Advocate - January 21, 1837
James Theodore Holly
S. M. Africanus
John B. Smith
Weekly Anglo-African - April 26, 1862
Anglo-African - December 9, 1865
Colored American - June 1, 1839
Colored American - October 2, 1841
Northern Star and Freemen's Advocate - February 10, 1842
Weekly Anglo-African - March 16, 1861
Impartial Citizen - October 24, 1849
Colored American - February 16, 1839
Frederick Douglass' Paper - January 26, 1855
Voice of the Fugitive - June 1, 1851
Voice of the Fugitive - May 21, 1851
Elevator - September 29, 1865
Weekly Anglo-African - April 6, 1861

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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