Black Abolitionist Archive
Image: Anthony Burns,
courtesy of Library of Congress
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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Find the archive on SecondLifeIn an effort to enhance the existing Black Abolitionist Archive, the University of Detroit Mercy Libraries/IDS has created a site in the Second Life 3D environment. This resource promotes immersion into the subject area by allowing patrons to visit a period court house, wear the clothes of the day, view interactive portraits of the black abolitionists by reading their biographies, and connect to the Black Abolitionist Digital Archive.
This site uses PDF for some documents and Flash to deliver media content.
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