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Black Abolitionist Archive
Jermain Wesley Loguen
John Mercer Langston
Provincial Freeman - May 16, 1857
Colored American - March 18, 1837
William Craft
Provincial Freeman - May 24, 1856
Frederick Douglass' Paper - February 9, 1855
Voice of the Fugitive - May 21, 1851
Voice of the Fugitive - April 9, 1851
Provincial Freeman - January 31, 1857
Voice of the Fugitive - February 26, 1851
Elevator - September 8, 1865
Elevator - April 7, 1865
Provincial Freeman - August 29, 1855
William T. Catto
Pacific Appeal - April 5, 1862
John Parker
Weekly Anglo-African - April 12, 1862

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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