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Title: Paola Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, Paola

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Toronto Public Library -- Toronto, Canada

Lengthy sermon describing the history of slavery, its continued cruelties, and the influence of the Church in keeping the system in place in the U.S. The speaker emphasized the relationship between Egyptian slaves and those in the U.S., as well as the response of various European countries to the institution of slavery. Included is a denouncement of the Fugitive Slave Bill.

Description of file(s): PDF 73 page, 23,292 word document (text and images)

Title: Paschal Beverly Randolph

Speaker or author: Randolph, Paschal Beverly, 1825-1874

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Boston Athenaeum -- Pamphlet Collection

Impassioned speech urging patience, persistence, and patriotism as the Civil War continued. The speaker emphasized to his audience that liberty and justice would prevail.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 886 word document (text and images)

Title: Philip A. Bell

Speaker or author: Bell, Philip A.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Brief speech comparing Jewish slavery with American slavery. The speaker emphasized the Biblical history of slavery. (Includes MP3 audio file)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 348 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: The Free People's Hate of the People Enslaved.

Title: Provincial Freeman - October 13, 1855

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer questions the prejudice towards slaves and fugitive slaves felt by free African Americans. He encourages them to see all human beings as part of the same family of man.

Description of file(s): 2 scanned, three columns, newspaper pages

Title: Sampson White

Speaker or author: White, Sampson

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

Brief speech expressing feelings of sorrow and loss with the death of John Brown.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 195 word document (text and image)

Title: Samuel Ringgold Ward

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Pennsylvania Freeman

Speech responding to a claim made by Captain Isaiah Rynders that he could prove the Negro race had descended from monkeys. Captain Rynders and a man referred to as Dr. Grant were attempting to convince others of the racial inferiority of the Negro race.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 531 word document (text and images)

Title: Samuel Ringgold Ward

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Pennsylvania Freeman

Detailed account of the history of the Negro race including historical and current accomplishments. The speaker quoted sources who trace humanity itself to origins in Africa, and he stresses the ability of African Americans to accomplish more than they are given credit for.

Description of file(s): PDF 16 page, 3,903 word document (text and images)

Title: Samuel Snowden

Speaker or author: Snowden, Samuel, fl. 1840

Newspaper or publication: Emancipator

Speech given during the celebration of the August 1st anniversary of the emancipation of the British West Indies. The speaker offered a comparison of slavery in Biblical times with slavery in the U.S. in 1843.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 339 word document (text and images)

Title: T. H. Hubbard

Speaker or author: Hubbard, T. H.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Speech given in celebration of the anniversary of the emancipation of the British West Indies, and the recent emancipation of Washington, DC. The speaker emphasized that the time had come to completely end slavery forever.

Description of file(s): PDF 9 page, 1,968 word document (text and images)

Title: Thomas H. Street

Speaker or author: Street, Thomas H.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Speech delivered during a celebration of the first anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The speaker traced the history of slavery from its ancient beginning to the progress made since emancipation. He stressed that it takes both the white and black races of American people working together to make the country great. He encouraged all African Americans to continue to improve themselves to meet the social challenges that lay ahead.

Description of file(s): PDF 12 page, 2,711 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: New York, April 6, 1861. Cottonocracy.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - April 6, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

Slave labor would not be necessary if not for the production of cotton, one of the most important products in the civilized world at this point. The threat of abolishing slavery, is perceived as including a threat of losing the cotton supply for many countries. The solution expressed by the writer is to create a system of free labor for the production of cotton. This will benefit not only the economic growth of the country but an entire race of people as well.

Description of file(s): four scanned newspaper pages (seven columns)

Subtitle: Professor Cambell's Lecture on Central Africa.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - December 15, 1860

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

The writer provides commentary on a recent lecture regarding explorations in Africa.

Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page

Subtitle: Lecture on Slavery.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - February 16, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

The writer provides commentary on a recent lecture on slavery. He compares the institution of slavery in the U. S. with slavery practiced in ancient Egypt, Russia, and Rome.

Description of file(s): one scanned, three columned, newspaper page

Title: William F. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, William F., fl. 1852

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Short speech noting that while early Africas such as Memnor (who invented the first letters of the alphabet) and Euclid (mathematician) contributed to current knowledge, school children were not taught about their achievements because of their place of birth.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 91 word document (text and image)

Title: William G. Allen

Speaker or author: Allen, William G., fl. 1849-1853

Newspaper or publication: Leeds Times

The speaker offered his views on the ways in which the African race had distinguished itself over countless generations as a race focused on morality and love of mankind. He denounced plans regarding the colonization of Siberia with nominally free black citizens, and emphasized the love of America that was pervasive among the African American people. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,590 word document (text and images)

Title: William G. Allen

Speaker or author: Allen, William G., fl. 1849-1853

Newspaper or publication: Belfast Newsletter

Overview of speech presented at the Belfast Ladies' Association meeting arguing the speaker's belief that art, culture and religion had their origins in Africa. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 199 word document (text and image)

Title: William Howard Day

Speaker or author: Day, William Howard, d. 1900

Newspaper or publication: New York Public Library -- Schomburg Collection

Overview of a speech given at the unveiling of monument to Abraham Lincoln who had died in April of that year. The speaker emphasized Lincoln's great achievements but tempered this with a reminder of the legacy the system of slavery had left. He urged continued efforts for social improvements and civil rights as the country recovered from the Civil War.

Description of file(s): PDF 12 page, 3,929 word document (text and images)

Title: William T. Catto

Speaker or author: Catto, William T.

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

Speech given during the dedication of a monument to the life of John T. Cook erected at Harmony Cemetery in Washington, DC. The speaker compared the monument to those of ancient Rome, Egypt, and Greece. He compares the barbarism of ancient civilizations with that of modern times.

Description of file(s): PDF 12 page, 2,922 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker addressed the issue of the competence and intellectual abilities of African Americans. He offered a rebuttal on the idea that freed slaves would be unable to take care of themselves. He emphasized a historical perspective on the intellectual ability of the Negro race to not only survive but to prosper independent of European influence.

Description of file(s): PDF 14 page, 3,770 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech regarding the history of the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. The speaker stressed the irony of the continuation of slavery in the U.S., a country founded on freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 9 page, 2,387 word document (text and images)

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