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Title: Leonard A. Grimes

Speaker or author: Grimes, Leonard A., 1815-1874

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Brief overview of speech encouraging African Americans to join the Union army and fight for the cause of freedom now that they had been given the opportunity to do so.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 249 word document (text and images)

Title: Mrs. William H. Butler

Speaker or author: Butler, Mrs. William H.

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

Short speech in which the speaker encourages the members of the Clinton Lyceum to live in harmony and peace as the Civil War continues on around them. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): MP3 spoken word audio recording

Title: Owen B. Nickens

Speaker or author: Nickens, Owen B.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Report from Liberator newspaper describes a speech given during celebration activities on the anniversary of the emancipation of slavery in New York state.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 889 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: "Truth Crushed to Earth will Rise Again."

Title: Pacific Appeal - January 23, 1864

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer comments on the way African American soldiers have distinguished themselves on the battlefield and proven wrong those who believed they would not fight for their country. He suggests that other misconceptions and fears about African Americans are being proven incorrect one by one.

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

Title: Rev. Mr. Winkfield

Speaker or author: Winkfield, Rev. Mr.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief and impassioned speech encouraging all newly freed slaves and all free-born African Americans to fight for their country.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 248 word document (text and image)

Title: Robert Purvis

Speaker or author: Purvis, Robert, 1810-1898

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech delivered during the presentation of a flag to honor black troops for their heroism in Civil War battles.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 390 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)

Title: Thomas Myers Decatur Ward

Speaker or author: Ward, Thomas Myers Decatur

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Hopeful speech regarding the future of African Americans now that the Emancipation Proclamation has been delivered and the slaves are free. The speaker stressed the sacrifice of those who had fought and died for freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 2,200 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: Emancipation or Extermination.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - April 27, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer proclaims the patriotism and devotion to country of all African Americans even though they must face prejudice, injustice, and lack of protection under federal law.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: The Reserve Guard.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - August 24, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer argues for the establishment of a reserve guard composed of African American volunteers ready to fight for freedom.

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

Subtitle: Facts for Patriotic Abolitionists.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - May 11, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer comments on an excerpt from a letter written from one politician to another saying that the president intends no attack on the "property of any state." Since slaves are regarded as property, he takes this to mean that there may not be an end to slavery after all.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Title: William Cooper Nell

Speaker or author: Nell, William C. (William Cooper), 1816-1874.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech commemorating the March 5th death of Crispus Attucks, a day that African Americans had long celebrated. This celebration had been merged with the July 4th celebration, but the speaker asked his audience to remember the sacrifices of black war heroes on this day.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 314 word document (text and images)

Title: William H. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, William Henry, 1833-1918.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Albany Institute of History and Art

The speaker traced the history of freedom in the U.S. during a July 4th celebration in Philadelphia. He emphasized the irony of continued slavery in a country founded on freedom and liberty for all.

Description of file(s): PDF 15 page, 5,184 word document (text and images)

Title: William Howard Day

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

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Boston University -- Starr Collection

Brief speech regarding the heroic accomplishments of black soldiers, and a request for recognition of these accomplishments by the white population. (Includes MP3 audio file)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 596 word document (text and images)

Title: William J. Watkins

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech stressing the irony of slavery in a country founded on freedom and the precepts of the Declaration of Independence.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 676 word document (text and images)

Title: William J. Wilson, Jr.

Speaker or author: Wilson, William, Jr.

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

Speech given to commemorate the August 1st anniversary of the emancipation of the British West Indies. The speaker argued that the rationality used to end slavery in the British West Indies could be used in the U.S. as well. The fears of U.S. citizens of what may happen if the slaves are freed are proven unfounded by the history of events in the West Indies.

Description of file(s): PDF

Title: William P. Powell

Speaker or author: Powell, William P.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker addressed a recent essay noting that slavery had become morally and ethically understood in the U. S. as "Negro slavery." In this sense, only one form of slavery was "right" and any other form of slavery was considered "wrong." The government could then condone enslaving one segment of humanity and denounce and abhor enslaving any other. If slavery was admissible, he argued, then enslaving white people should be admissible as well. He also addressed the current conception that the slaves were content in their condition.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,558 word document (text and images)

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