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Black Abolitionist Archive
Northern Star and Freemen's Advocate - March 31, 1842
Sojourner Truth
Colored American - March 18, 1837
Weekly Anglo-African - March 8, 1862
William Craft
Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 23, 1854
Sojourner Truth
Robert Bridges Forten
Frederick Douglass' Paper - April 28, 1854
Colored American - October 14, 1837
Frederick Douglass' Paper - January 27, 1854
D. P. Stokes
Elevator - September 1, 1865
Weekly Anglo-African - June 9, 1860
Voice of the Fugitive - March 12, 1851
Provincial Freeman - February 2, 1856
Voice of the Fugitive - July 1, 1852
Weekly Anglo-African - November 2, 1861

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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