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Title: Abner H. Francis

Speaker or author: Francis, Abner H.

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen

Speech given during the presentation of a silver pitcher to Gerrit Smith from the Colored Ladies of Buffalo, New York, to honor his work to abolish slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 920 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: Revival of Slavery.

Title: Anglo-African - August 12, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Anglo-African (1863 - 1865)

The writer comments on an article published in a Nashville, Tennessee newspaper urging readers to vote for Governor Campbell and a return to the institution of slavery.

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

Subtitle: Emancipation Proclamation Ignored, And a New Scheme of Southern Despotism Boldly Initiated.

Title: Anglo-African - September 3, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Anglo-African (1863 - 1865)

The writer tells his readers of the current violence following in the aftermath of the Civil War. Although slavery has been abolished, it has created an atmosphere of hatred in the Southern states as the newly freed slaves stand as a symbol of the defeat of the Confederacy. This is resulting in wholesale murder and mob violence.

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

Subtitle: Colored Suffrage in Rhode Island. Edward Harris and Rowland G. Hazard.

Title: Black Republican - April 22, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Black Republican (1865)

The writer discusses two candidates who are running for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in Rhode Island, a state that offers African Americans the right to vote.

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

Title: Charles Lenox Remond

Speaker or author: Remond, Charles Lenox, 1810-1873

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

The speaker noted that while slavery had ended, as long as equality did not exist between the races, the work of the Anti-Slavery movement would continue. He believed that now was not the time to abandon work for civil rights and social acceptance of the newly freed slaves.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 955 word document (text and images)

Title: Charles Lenox Remond

Speaker or author: Remond, Charles Lenox, 1810-1873

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech outlining the horrors of slavery contending that it was "... a system of murder" for profit. Emphasis is placed on recent writings by Thomas Fowell Buxton.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 863 word document (text and images)

Title: Charles Lenox Remond

Speaker or author: Remond, Charles Lenox, 1810-1873

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech given in response to a resolution presented before the American Abolition Society meeting. The speaker said that so far all attempts at a peaceful resolution to the issue of slavery have failed. He could see the direction the country was going, and while he didn't agree with dissolving the Union, he could understand the need for radical change at that point.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 2,925 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: H. Pattinson's Temperance House.

Title: Colored American - August 19, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer relates a story of being refused a cup of tea at a temperance house. The proprietor of the house said that he didn't want to upset his customers and so he refused to serve the editor of this paper. The writer expresses his opinion of this refusal and included a letter from Thomas Van Rensselaer expressing a similar point of view.

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

Subtitle: Continued from our last.

Title: Colored American - August 24, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses his views regarding a resolution asking the African American community to withhold their votes in the upcoming election for any candidate who is not in favor of the immediate abolition of slavery.

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

Subtitle: Congress.

Title: Colored American - August 28, 1841

Speaker or author: W.

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Tensions between the north and south, issues with suitable discussion topics in Congress, and a war in Florida involving capturing runaway slaves have all put a halt to the forming of a national bank. The writer notes that the cost of these slavery-related events is undermining the country's progress. He emphasizes that the slave states don't produce more than they consume in this respect.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: The World's Convention.

Title: Colored American - August 8, 1840

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer reports on a recent anti-slavery convention that welcomed representatives from almost every recognized country. The writer was surprised by how women were received as delegates without deference placed on gender.

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

Subtitle: President's Message.

Title: Colored American - December 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Brief comment on a recent presidential speech. The writer suggests that by the his silence on the subject of abolition, Martin Van Buren has offered a boost to the American Colonization Society's cause.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Religion.

Title: Colored American - December 16, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor offers the newspaper's stance on the question of the abolition of slavery. He believes that in this matter God will make the choice ("Thy Will be done"), and the newspaper will not offer a firm stance against slavery. At the same time, he trusts that God is against this system of human bondage.

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

Subtitle: Henry Clay's Speech.

Title: Colored American - February 16, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer offers comments on Henry Clay's recent speech. The writer believes that Henry Clay's perception of slavery is based upon his upbringing and experience with the system of slavery in the south.

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

Subtitle: Despotism, tyranny, and robbery in danger.

Title: Colored American - February 9, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer offers his view of the involvement of the Church in continuing the system of slavery.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Hon. Wm. H. Burnley's Letter to Lord John Russell.

Title: Colored American - July 11, 1840

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer replies to a letter from the immigration agent for Trinidad to a member of Britain's parliament blaming the actions of abolitionists for the current racial tension in the U.S. The agent reasoned that for free African Americans, immigration was the only rational choice. The writer disagreed with his conclusions.

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

Subtitle: Slavery in the Church.

Title: Colored American - June 1, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses his opinion on the current debate in the Church regarding whether or not slavery is a sin.

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

Subtitle: The Catholics of Kentucky, and Slavery.

Title: Colored American - June 19, 1841

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Brief comment on an article in a Catholic newspaper predicting that slavery would surely end soon.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Increase of Prejudice.

Title: Colored American - June 2, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer tells his readers that those opposed to the work of abolitionists have accused them of increasing prejudice. He believes the only change that may be influencing prejudice is that the rights provided to African Americans in the past as "favors" are now demanded by them as part of their civil rights as members of a free society. The shift in perspective is proving difficult for some white citizens to make.

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

Subtitle: Philadelphia Riot.

Title: Colored American - June 2, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer reports on a riot that took place in Philadelphia during which a mob destroyed the property of abolitionists. The aim of this riot was to fight against abolition, but because the mob acted violently in this way, the abolitionists gained public sympathy.

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

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