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Black Abolitionist Archive
John W. Simpson
Provincial Freeman - June 3, 1854
Colored American - March 25, 1837
Weekly Anglo-African - April 14, 1860
Provincial Freeman - May 10, 1856
Provincial Freeman - December 22, 1855
William P. Powell
Impartial Citizen - May 8, 1850
William Craft
Provincial Freeman - January 13, 1855
Alexander Crummell
Colored American - April 11, 1840
Weekly Anglo-African - February 9, 1861
Elevator - April 21, 1865
Abner H. Francis
Voice of the Fugitive - December 16, 1852
Provincial Freeman - September 16, 1854
Weekly Anglo-African- November 12, 1859

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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