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Title: John Mercer Langston

Speaker or author: Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897.

Newspaper or publication: Jefferson City, [MO] Democrat

Overview of speech delivered before the House of Representatives. The speaker spoke for the suffrage and civil rights of the newly freed slaves. He emphasized that they were newly acquired citizens of the U.S. and deserved all the rights that went along with that status.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,117 word document (text and images)

Title: Robert Hamilton

Speaker or author: Hamilton, Robert

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Overview of speech offered in protest of the Fugitive Slave Bill that was contributing to the kidnapping of nominally free black citizens of New York. Emphasis was placed on the recent experience in this regard of James Hamlet, who escaped after being kidnapped to be sold into slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 318 word document (text and image)

Subtitle: Mr. Horace Greeley's Dislikes.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - March 19, 1860

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

The writer offers commentary on Horace Greeley's recent editorial in the New York Tribune in which he expresses his hatred for people of African descent. The writer points out that if Mr. Greeley feels this way then he must also hate all the progress the country has made. Without the help of those he has come to hate, this would not have been possible.

Description of file(s): one scanned, three columned, newspaper page

Title: William Howard Day

Speaker or author: Day, William Howard, d. 1900

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Boston University -- Starr Collection

Brief speech regarding the heroic accomplishments of black soldiers, and a request for recognition of these accomplishments by the white population. (Includes MP3 audio file)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 596 word document (text and images)

Title: William J. Watkins

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Harvard University -- Widener Library -- Anti-Slavery Pamphlets

Speech given before a legislative committee to request the formation of an independent militia of black citizens. The speaker gave a detailed account of his request and logical reasoning for granting it.

Description of file(s): PDF 21 page, 8,061 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Speech regarding the negative image the American slaveholders and pro-slavery representatives offer people in Europe who judge all Americans by those they meet. The speaker (whose father was a slaveholder and his mother a slave) stressed the irony of a country founded on freedom that still maintained the institution of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,429 word document (text and images)

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