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Title: Alfred M. Green

Speaker or author: Green, Alfred M..

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Foner and Walker, Eds. -- Proceedings of the Black State Conventions 1840-1865, (1979) Vol. 1, pp. 139-166

Eloquent, rational, and meaningful speech delivered before the Convention of the Colored People of Pennsylvania expressing a legal argument for civil rights. The speaker asked that African Americans be given their civil rights, be allowed to vote, hold jobs equal to those of the white population, and be given the opportunity to prove themselves worthy citizens of the U.S.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 480 word document (text and image)

Title: Alfred M. Green

Speaker or author: Green, Alfred M.

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

Overview of a rousing speech denouncing laws against freedom that were being enacted across the country. The speaker pays particular attention to encouraging the repeal of the Personal Liberty Law.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 382 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: The Editor's Difficulties.

Title: Colored American - December 16, 1837

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E.

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor asks his readers to help compensate him for his work at the newspaper. He asks that each subscriber send at least $5 each to help supplement his salary. He explains that as it is now, his salary is nowhere near what other editors are paid.

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

Subtitle: To Our Friends and Brethren Beloved:

Title: Colored American - May 6, 1837

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer offers a humble request for aid and financial support from friends among the people in Pennsylvania.

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

Subtitle: The Domestic Slave Trade.

Title: Colored American - November 25, 1837

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer relates a story of a black British sailor who is arrested in Washington, DC on suspicion that he is a fugitive slave. The law required that a white man step forward to validate his claim that he is a free man or the sailor would be sold into slavery to pay the expense of his arrest.

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

Subtitle: A Vestage of Pro-Slavery.

Title: Colored American - October 5, 1839

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer comments on an exchange between Samuel Cornish and Philip Bell regarding a statement published in the Friend of Man newspaper. The Friend of Man's brief statement was from a representative of the New York Anti-Slavery Society saying they would not support the Colored American newspaper until it changed its political point of view.

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

Subtitle: Brethren, Sustain Us.

Title: Colored American - October 7, 1837

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Samuel E. Cornish asks his readers to please donate money in order to keep the Colored American in publication. He stresses the benefits of continuing this newspaper and the fact that it is in dire need of funding at this time.

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

Subtitle: The Signs of the Times No. 4. Continued from our last.

Title: Colored American - September 7, 1839

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer continues his commentary on a proposed resolution which states that African Americans will deny their vote to any candidate who does not support the immediate abolition of slavery.

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

Subtitle: Close of the Volume.

Title: Impartial Citizen - February 13, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The editor describes the struggles and challenges of starting and maintaining the newspaper. He asks his subscribers who owe money to pay now.

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

Title: Impartial Citizen - February 20, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The editor asks for donations to allow the newspaper to continue publication. He promises to devote newspaper space to issues concerning "Temperance, Anti-Slavery, Land Reform, Homestead Exemption, and Peace."

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Self-Elevation.

Title: Impartial Citizen - March 14, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer tells his readers that the only way to live a successful life is through "elevation" in terms of self-respect, morality, and self-esteem. He emphasizes that the only way to achieve this is by working on their own self-improvement in this manner and not depending on others to do this for them. This work must come from within each individual. It offers a tremendous challenge but it is the only way to gain social acceptance in this country.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - May 8, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer relates his experiences while travel across New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island on a lecture tour. He emphasizes the work being done to abolish slavery, promote reform and ensure voting rights in the places he visits.

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

Subtitle: Seneca, Oswego, Jefferson, &c.

Title: Impartial Citizen - November 21, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer describes his travels and experiences while on a lecture tour of New York and the surrounding area.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 10, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer continues his commentary on his speaking tour of New York and Pennsylvania. He describes his experiences during his travels.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 17, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer continues his journal reporting of his experiences while on a speaking tour.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 24, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer continues his journaled reporting of his travels through New York and Pennsylvania on a speaking tour.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 5, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer offers further commentary on the Fugitive Slave Bill that he began in a previous editorial.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - September 14, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer comments on the Fugitive Slave Bill. He urges his readers to band together to support each other in their fight against this form of oppression.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - September 5, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer describes his travels to Pennsylvania. He highlights villages, people he meets along the way, and his experiences during his journey.

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

Title: J. E. Green

Speaker or author: Green, J. E., of Michigan

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Overview of a brief speech in which the speaker noted the emancipation of slaves in other countries based on their patriotism and willingness to fight for their countries. He compared this to the withholding of freedom from African Americans who had fought bravely for the U. S.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 456 word document (text and images)

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