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Title: Alexander Crummell

Speaker or author: Crummell, Alexander, 1819-1898

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- British Library

Lengthy sermon regarding the history of slavery, the abuses suffered by slaves in the U.S., and the necessity for evangelizing (and colonizing) Africa.

Description of file(s): PDF 40 page, 14,207 word document (text and images)

Title: Benjamin Stanley

Speaker or author: Stanley, Benjamin, fl. 1850

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Overview of speech offered in protest of the Fugitive Slave Bill that was contributing to the kidnapping of nominally free black citizens of New York. The speaker suggested armed resistance to those who would attempt to rob them of their freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 458 word document (text and images)

Title: Charles Bennet Ray

Speaker or author: Ray, Charles B. (Charles Bennett), 1807-1886

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Overview of speech offered in protest of the Fugitive Slave Bill that was contributing to the kidnapping of nominally free black citizens of New York. Emphasis is placed on the recent experience of James Hamlet, who escaped after being kidnapped to be sold into slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 225 word document (text and image)

Title: Charles Lenox Remond

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

Newspaper or publication: North Star

Speech encouraging "nominally free" African Americans to not give up hope for the abolition of slavery. He urged them to not purchase pro-slavery newspapers and to help themselves overcome the oppression of prejudice. He emphasized that there was a feeling of lethargy and complacency among them that only helped to strengthen the pro-slavery forces.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 484 word document (text and images)

Title: Charles W. Gardner

Speaker or author: Gardner, Charles

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Overview of speech offered in protest of the Fugitive Slave Bill that was contributing to the kidnapping of nominally free black citizens of New York. Emphasis was placed on the recent legislative efforts of Daniel Webster. (Speech 10898(b) is a duplicate of this speech.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 347 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: Georgia and New York.

Title: Colored American - November 13, 1841

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer comments on a story from Georgia in which a man is said to have "stolen" a female slave. The governors of Georgia and New York debated Georgia's obligation under Federal law and the recently passed "Jury Trial Law" that impacts the outcome of this case.

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

Subtitle: Doings at Headquarters -- Congress Adjourned.

Title: Colored American - September 18, 1841

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer offers commentary on the recent three month extended session of Congress. He tells his readers that while strides are being made in the struggle for equal rights, there are growing tensions between northern and southern alliances in Congress.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Title: Edward V. Clark

Speaker or author: Clark, Edward V.

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Overview of speech offered in protest of the Fugitive Slave Bill that was contributing to the kidnapping of nominally free black citizens of New York. The speaker suggested not opposing the law violently (as had been suggested by other speakers that day) but by being secret about activities to assist fugitives.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 263 word document (text and image)

Subtitle: Then and Now.

Title: Elevator - July 14, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Elevator (1865 - 18??)

The writer discusses the pros and cons of holding a national convention of African Americans in California. He stresses the influence of another editor who remains nameless.

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

Title: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Speaker or author: Harper, Frances Ellen Watkins, 1825-1911.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Overview of speech emphasizing the speaker's concerns regarding national government policy on Reconstruction following the Civil War.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 547 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: Fillmore's Southern Tour.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - April 12, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer comments on a speech delivered by former president Millard Fillmore delivered in New Orleans during his tour of the southern states.

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

Subtitle: Senator Douglas and His Bantling.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - April 28, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer suggests that Stephen A. Douglas in his fight for the passage of the Nebraska Bill is actually helping the fight against slavery by bringing the issue to the public eye. There is now a very pronounced distinction between "the north" and "the south" as the country divides on the issue of slavery in the new territories.

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

Subtitle: Notes by the Way.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - August 25, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer describes some his experiences in several cities he visited during his speaking tour of New York and Connecticut.

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

Subtitle: The late Elections.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - December 1, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer gives brief comments on the results of the current election in a few states. He offers an overview of the way the election is proceeding at that point.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Kanzas and Slavery.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - December 15, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer comments on the possibility of slavery in Kansas.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: The People's Verdict.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - December 8, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer comments that the "voice of the People" was ignored when the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. He believes that "renegade" politicians intent on reinforcing a "slave powered" economy are going to do what they want regardless of how their actions affect the people involved.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: "What have the Abolitionists done?"

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - December 8, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer continues his answer to the question "What have the Abolitionists done?" that he began in a previous issue. He explains that abolitionists have kept the focus on the issue of slavery by agitation, speeches, aid to fugitives, and an untiring devotion to the cause of freedom. The have suffered imprisonment, shame, and personal attacks for what they believe is right.

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

Subtitle: The North Awakening.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 2, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer tells his readers that the Nebraska Act has stirred up political focus on the question of continued slavery and is succeeding in dividing the country politically in this regard.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Nebraska Acrostic.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 23, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer jokes that the initials of those who signed the Nebraska Bill spell out the word "dogs." He adds that letters can be arragned to spell out the words "dogs" and "sold" can be found in Stephen A. Douglas' name as well.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Keep Them at Home.

Title: Frederick Douglass' Paper - June 23, 1854

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper (1851 - 18??)

The writer briefly expresses his anger over the recent Congressional decision on the Nebraska Bill.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

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