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Black Abolitionist Archive
Colored American - October 19, 1839
Weekly Anglo-African - December 24, 1859
Voice of the Fugitive - May 21, 1851
Weekly Anglo-African - December 7, 1861
Pacific Appeal - November 21, 1863
Charles Lenox Remond
David Ruggles
Colored American - March 7, 1840
Weekly Anglo-African - June 9, 1860
Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 2, 1854
Aliened American - April 9, 1853
Voice of the Fugitive - July 30, 1851
Voice of the Fugitive - December 17, 1851
William Wells Brown
Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 23, 1854
Frederick Douglass' Paper - August 25, 1854
Provincial Freeman - June 9, 1855

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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