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Black Abolitionist Archive
Pacific Appeal - January 30, 1864
Weekly Anglo-African - May 11, 1861
Colored American - February 23, 1839
Weekly Anglo-African - May 12, 1860
Pacific Appeal - February 28, 1863
Colored American - September 11, 1841
Voice of the Fugitive - October 7, 1852
Voice of the Fugitive - August 27, 1851
Colored American - September 26, 1840
Colored American - October 31, 1840
Pacific Appeal - December 26, 1863
William Whipper
George W. Turley

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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