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Title: J. B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Short anecdotal speech regarding one man's experience with slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 149 word document (text and image)

Title: James Walker Hood

Speaker or author: Hood, J. W. (James Walker), 1831-1918

Newspaper or publication: Christian Recorder (1852 - 1856)

The speaker stressed that the ideas of colonization and "exportation" were nonsense. He emphasized that African Americans had four major requests: 1) the allowance to testify in court, 2) the right to serve on a jury, 3) the right to act as counsel for a black defendant, 4) the right to vote.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 404 word document (text and images)

Title: John Anderson

Speaker or author: Anderson, John, b. 1831?

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- National Library of Scotland

Anecdotal story regarding one man's escape from slavery. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 659 word document (text and images)

Title: John Anderson

Speaker or author: Anderson, John, b. 1831?

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- National Library of Scotland

Anecdotal story regarding one man's life and escape from slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 2,044 word document (text and images)

Title: John Anderson

Speaker or author: Anderson, John, b. 1831?

Newspaper or publication: Toronto Globe

Brief anecdotal speech regarding one man's escape from slavery. (Speech 24147 is a duplicate of this speech.) (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 367 word document (text and images)

Title: John Andrew Jackson

Speaker or author: Jackson, John Andrew

Newspaper or publication: Christian News

Anecdotal speech regarding one man's experience with slavery. The speaker was presenting his story and the story of one other slave in hopes of raising enough money to purchase his father's and sister's freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 1,024 word document (text and images)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker emphasized the desire for equal rights for the newly freed slaves. While he admitted to being surprised by the Emancipation Proclamation, he believed it was God's Will and that justice had finally prevailed. He denounced those who agreed with the Crittenden Compromise, and emphasized that the war was not caused by the abolitionists.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 319 word document (text and image)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

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

Commentary on a speech given to encourage African Americans to immigrate to Africa or Hayti. The commentator believes the speaker made deliberate exaggerations in order to make money off the plight of the slaves.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 566 word document (text and images)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech in which the speaker advocted the African Civilization Project. He emphasized consideration of this endeavor to gain the "...respect of their enemies."

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 195 word document (text and image)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

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

The speaker gave a brief overview of the Boston Convention including a "controversy" between Henry Highland Garnet and George T. Downing. He said that the convention participants had agreed that they would remain in the U.S., their birth place. He also stressed the importance of cotton in continuing the system of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 532 word document (text and images)

Title: John Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, John, fl. 1854

Newspaper or publication: Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal

Narrative regarding the life of John Brown and his experiences growing up as a slave.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 2,808 word document (text and images)

Title: John Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, John, fl. 1854

Newspaper or publication: West Briton

Overview of an anecdotal speech regarding one man's experience and escape from slavery. The speaker found himself without support in England and was telling his story to earn funds to return to Canada.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 595 word document (text and images)

Title: John G. Britton

Speaker or author: Britton, John G.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Foner and Walker, Eds.

Brief introductory speech regarding what the speaker believed were the important factors affecting African Americans at that point in time. These included voting rights, colonization, and the migration of fugitive slaves to Canada. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 562 word document (text and images)

Title: John G. Wilson

Speaker or author: Wilson, John G.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Patriotic speech regarding the bravery and heroism of black Union soldiers. The speaker noted that while he realized the Emancipation Proclamation was of military necessity, he praised Abraham Lincoln for seeing the right action in it. He felt as if it was well earned by the blood and courage of those who had fought and died for freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 11 page, 2,339 word document (text and images)

Title: John J. Gaines

Speaker or author: Gaines, John J.

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

Speech describing the effects of prejudice in the U.S. on living arrangements and education.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 872 word document (text and images)

Title: John James Moore

Speaker or author: Moore, John Jamison, 1818-1893.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Speech delivered in celebration of the emancipation of Washington, DC. The speech also commemorated the anniversary of the emancipation of the British West Indies. The speaker stressed the challenges that lay ahead for the country regarding the changes from a slave driven economy to a free wage economy. He traced the history of the abolitionist movement and emphasized his belief in the realization of total U. S. emancipation. (Speech 25858 is combined with this speech and included at the end of speech 25830.)

Description of file(s): PDF 13 page, 2,832 word document (text and images)

Title: John Jamison Moore

Speaker or author: Moore, John Jamison, 1818-1893.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Harvard University, Cambridge -- Rare Books and Manuscripts

The speaker addressed the issue of suffrage for all African Americans. He expressed his belief that African Americans had earned their civil and equal rights through patriotism, patience, loyalty, and fighting for their country. He asked that they be given only what any American would claim as a U.S. citizen.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 1,638 word document (text and images)

Title: John Mercer Langston

Speaker or author: Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897.

Newspaper or publication: Elevator (Incomplete)

Eloquent speech regarding the positive changes the speaker could already see as a result of the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves. The speaker stressed, however, that more changes were needed before racial equality could be realized.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,141 word document (text and images)

Title: John Mercer Langston

Speaker or author: Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897.

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

The speaker stressed that where there is one person legally enslaved in the U.S., there is no liberty for anyone. Slavery makes slaves of us all. When a government encourages slavery, it evokes a need to control the slaves. This requires laws which limit freedom for everyone. The speaker offered examples to substantiate his ideas.

Description of file(s): PDF 12 page, 3,349 word document (text and images)

Title: John Mercer Langston

Speaker or author: Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897.

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

Speech regarding the inhumanity of slavery, emphasizing the government backing the institution of slavery receives that keeps it strongly in place.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 973 word document (text and images)

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