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Subtitle: Progress and Faith.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - May 4, 1861

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer points out that progress is a cyclical process, not a linear one. In this, progress made through Anti-Slavery agitation is taking the form of political action, of a seemingly quiet revolution that is now coming to the surface in this civil war. He reminds his readers that their actions now shape the future for the entire race.

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

Subtitle: The Moving of the Extremes.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - September 24, 1859

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer divides the social goals of African Americans into two categories: those who seek elevation and what he describes as "recognition from a dominant class," and those who care only for "labor" (they live to work). He makes a distinction in this way between employment and labor. He reminds them, however, that only by working together towards a common goal can they ensure their rightful place as free human beings.

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

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)

Title: William Still

Speaker or author: Still, William, 1821-1902.

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

The speaker stresses that the slave and the free people of color must help themselves to create a better condition for their lives. He emphasizes working towards moral, social, and political integrity in order to ensure success. The speaker believes that hard work, education, and morality are key to achieving the desired results for elevating the race.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 396 word document (text and images)

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