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Black Abolitionist Archive
William Wells Brown
Colored American - July, 1838
William G. Allen
Sojourner Truth
Weekly Anglo-African - May 12, 1860
Provincial Freeman - May 5, 1855
Elevator - December 15, 1865
Colored American - March 4, 1837
H. Ford Douglass
Samuel Ringgold Ward
Weekly Anglo-African - March 23, 1861
Henry Highland Garnet
Colored American - July 11, 1840
Weekly Anglo-African - November 23, 1861
John Sella Martin
Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs
Pacific Appeal - January 3, 1863
Anglo-African - September 9, 1865

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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