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Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - February 9, 1855

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer emphasizes that slavery is not just an African American problem, but a problem for humanity. If freedom is valued, it is worth fighting for. He notes the history of slavery and the freedom that followed and stresses that this freedom was not won without a fight. He shares a statement made to him by a white abolitionist who said, "Your people, sir, will never be done paying us for our efforts in your behalf." This sentiment, he tells his readers, is reason enough for African Americans to keep fighting on their own behalf.

Description of file(s): three scanned newspaper pages (five columns)

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: abolition; action; anti-slavery; emancipation; freedom; liberty

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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