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Black Abolitionist Archive
Colored American - August 15, 1840
National Reformer - February, 1839
Henry Highland Garnet
Voice of the Fugitive - May 21, 1851
Colored American - September 26, 1840
Voice of the Fugitive - January 15, 1852
John G. Britton
Charles Tasco
John G. Britton
Thomas Cole
Weekly Anglo-African - February 2, 1861
Anglo-African - September 3, 1865
Colored American - November 17, 1838
Frederick Douglass' Paper - December 8, 1854
George B. Vashon
Colored American - June 2, 1838
Elevator - June 23, 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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