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Black Abolitionist Archive
William Wells Brown
Sarah Parker Remond
Voice of the Fugitive - November 19, 1851
Voice of the Fugitive - May 20, 1852
Pacific Appeal - February 28, 1863
Samuel Ringgold Ward
William Wells Brown
James McCune Smith
Thomas Pointer
William Wells Brown
Pacific Appeal - May 10, 1862
Voice of the Fugitive - November 19, 1851
Voice of the Fugitive - August 13, 1851
Colored American - December 4, 1841
John Brown
Voice of the Fugitive - February 12, 1852
Impartial Citizen - March 28, 1849
John Mercer Langston

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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