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Black Abolitionist Archive
James W. C. Pennington
S. M. Africanus
Voice of the Fugitive - January 15, 1852
Elevator - December 22, 1865
Elevator - December 22, 1865
Voice of the Fugitive - January 15, 1851
Weekly Anglo-African - January 19, 1861
Weekly Advocate - January 21, 1837
Colored American - April 18, 1840
Colored American - June 20, 1840
Weekly Anglo-African - November 12, 1859
Charles L. Reason
Voice of the Fugitive - November 4, 1852
Colored American - October 31, 1840
Provincial Freeman - November 11, 1854
Colored American - June 12, 1841
William C. Nell
Charles Lenox Remond

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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