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Title: Ezra R. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, Ezra R.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Speech given to praise and honor Mrs. George M. Washum for her donation of money, time and effort to the First Congregational Church.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 453 word document (text and images)

Title: Ezra R. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, Ezra R.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Speech encouraging patience in the fight for emancipation and emphasizing the speaker's belief that it wouldn't be long before President Lincoln would abolish slavery nationwide.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,200 word document (text and images)

Title: Ezra R. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, Ezra R.

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

Patriotic speech regarding the pride the speaker felt towards the black troops who were fighting and dying for their country in the Civil War. He was most impressed with how well they were received and celebrated for their heroism by the general population.

Description of file(s): PDF 11 page, 2,386 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry W. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, Henry W., abolitionist

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Speech denouncing the motivation behind the American Colonization Society and the Fugitive Slave Bill. The speaker stressing the irony that the U.S. will welcome fleeing Hungarian refugees to its shores but does not provide a welcome to the refugees of slavery who already reside here.

Description of file(s): PDF 24 page, 2,934 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry W. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, Henry W., abolitionist

Newspaper or publication: North Star

Speech delivered during a celebration of the August 1st emancipation of the British West Indies. The speaker stresses the plight of those still enslaved in this country but is encouraged by events that he sees must lead the U.S. to emancipation.

Description of file(s): PDF 24 page, 5,038 word document (text and images)

Title: Mr. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, Mr., fl. 1837

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Boston Public Library -- Anti-Slavery Pamphlets -- 5th Annual Report, 1837

First hand account of one man's experience with slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 1,410 word document (text and images)

Title: Thomas Cole

Speaker or author: Cole, Thomas, fl. 1837-1838

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker pointed out that the history of slavery is not about enslaving black people, but about enslaving those considered unable to defend off a "domineering spirit" that often manifests in mankind. He notes that the southern states had entered the union based on a compromise stating that slavery would be temporary. The abolitionist movement had come from Virginia as a response to this. At this point, the system of slavery was firmly in place based on economics, not on race.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 693 word document (text and images)

Title: Thomas Cole

Speaker or author: Cole, Thomas, fl. 1837-1838

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker asked his audience to avoid "intoxicating drink" and emphasized his belief that intemperance would lead to "...indolence, poverty and ruin..." He didn't believe that intemperance was a tendency in the black race, but that it might bring down what they had fought so hard to secure. He emphasized piety and temperance in order to set an "example" of respectability, virtue and health to others.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,375 word document (text and images)

Title: William F. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, William F., fl. 1852

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Short speech noting that while early Africas such as Memnor (who invented the first letters of the alphabet) and Euclid (mathematician) contributed to current knowledge, school children were not taught about their achievements because of their place of birth.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 91 word document (text and image)

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 Johnson Alston

Speaker or author: Alston, William Johnson

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

At the outset of the Civil War, the speaker calls for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting. In his sermon, he refers to the Declaration of Independence and Bible passages to prove the inherent human freedom of all races.

Description of file(s): PDF 13 page, 3,164 word document (text and images)

Title: William P. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, William P., fl. 1839

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts, Anti-Slavery Pamphlets

Response to debate between David Ruggles and Philip A. Bell regarding the events and situation surrounding the libel suit brought against Samuel Cornish and the Colored American newspaper.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 1,070 word document (text and images)

Title: William P. Johnson

Speaker or author: Johnson, William P., fl. 1839

Newspaper or publication: Non Conformist

Brief excerpt of speech detailing the help one abolitionist from New York had offered escaping slaves in their journey to Canada.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 314 word document (text and image)

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