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Title: John Parker

Speaker or author: Parker, John, fl. 1861-1864

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief overview of a speech given by a recently freed slave who served in the Confederate army. He believed the South's greatest ally was the divided opinion of slavery expressed by those in the North.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 207 word document (text and image)

Subtitle: Convention.

Title: National Reformer - February, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: National Reformer (1838 - 1839)

The writer announces that a national convention will be held in Philadelphia. He expressed his thoughts on the prospect of this convention.

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

Title: Pacific Appeal - May 10, 1862

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal (1862 - 188?)

The writer shares with his readers a petition submitted to the local government in Philadelphia asking that the ban on African American passengers on public transportation be lifted.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Meetings at Philadelphia.

Title: Provincial Freeman - April 8, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer condemns the Dred Scott decision and thus lends her voice to those who participated in a recent meeting regarding this in Philadelphia. She urges those African American leaders who protested this decision to immigrate to Canada.

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

Subtitle: A Noble Fellow.

Title: Provincial Freeman - March 22, 1856

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer describes his meeting of William Parker, a fugitive slave who recently fell under the protection of the British government.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Newspaper Blunders.

Title: Provincial Freeman - March 8, 1856

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The editor tells his readers about a couple of errors in a previous issue of the newspaper.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Title: Robert Bridges Forten

Speaker or author: Forten, Robert Bridges

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

An address delivered before the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia regarding freedom from slavery and the moral responsibilities that this freedom may include.

Description of file(s): PDF 17 page, 3,973 word document (text and images)

Title: Robert Purvis

Speaker or author: Purvis, Robert, 1810-1898

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Harvard University -- Anti-Slavery Pamphlets

Tribute to the memory of Thomas Shipley, philanthropist, delivered at St. Thomas Church in Philadelphia on November 23, 1836.

Description of file(s): PDF 16 page, 5,021 word document (text and images)

Title: Robert Purvis

Speaker or author: Purvis, Robert, 1810-1898

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech denouncing governmental bias towards prejudical action in the U.S., the colonization of Africa, and the overall injustices that continue to be suffred by African Americans. The speaker emphasized the Dred Scott decision and the establishment of the Fugitive Slave Law.

Description of file(s): PDF 14 page, 3,959 word document (text and images)

Title: Sarah M. Douglass

Speaker or author: Douglass, S. M. (Sarah Mapps), 1806-1882

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Address given at the first of planned monthly womens' meetings ("Mental Feasts") for "the purpose of moral and religious meditation, conversation, reading and speaking, sympathising over the fate of the unhappy slaves, improving their own minds, &c. &c."

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 630 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: Female Medical College.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - June 1, 1851

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

The writer gives a brief overview of a medical school for women located in Philadelphia. He notes the shift in the current social view about what women are capable of doing.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Justice to Whom Justice is Due.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - August 27, 1859

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer tells his readers that prejudice is not based on the hatred of skin color but on the love of money. In the south, the black man is made a slave; in the north he is made a servant. In both cases, the color of a man's skin is simply an indication of someone who can be used to make money.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: New Books.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - January 19, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer offers a brief review of a new book published by African explorer Robert Campbell. He comments on Campbell's findings that slavery is prevalent in Africa, and on other interesting information about the country. He tells his readers that if it had not been for the existence of slavery in Africa, there would be no slavery in the U.S.; that slavery existed there thousands of years before the discovery of America.

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

Subtitle: The Japanese.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - June 30, 1860

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer notes the prejudice expressed in the U.S. against the newly arrived Japanese immigrants. But while the general population is responding to the Japanese as "colored foreigners" and treating them negatively, government officials are responding to them as "novel" and unique. The writer suspects the difference is based in money and class status.

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

Subtitle: Forcing Down the Free Colored People.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - September 3, 1859

Speaker or author: editor

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

As the presidential campaign draws closer, the writer is noticing more and more newspaper articles regarding African Americans and race relations: opinions on slavery, mixed racial communities, amalgamation, emancipation, etc.

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

Title: William J. Watkins

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Harvard University -- Anti-Slavery Pamphlets

An address given in response to a resolution before the Moral Reform Society on the benefits of education for freed slaves.

Description of file(s): PDF 15 page, 4,632 word document (text and images)

Title: William J. Watkins

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Philanthropist

Speech focusing on the benefits of education for freed slaves.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 443 word document

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