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Black Abolitionist Archive
Provincial Freeman - October 14, 1854
Voice of the Fugitive - April 22, 1852
J. W. C. Pennington
Weekly Anglo-African - June 23, 1860
Frederick Douglass' Paper - July 14, 1854
Philip A. Bell
Colored American - November 7, 1840
Colored American - April 15, 1837
William Wells Brown
Frederick Douglass' Paper - april 14, 1854
Colored American - September 28, 1839
Weekly Advocate - February 18, 1837
Charles Lenox Remond
Voice of the Fugitive - January 1, 1852
Voice of the Fugitive - February 26, 1851
Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 23, 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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