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Title: George T. Downing

Speaker or author: Downing, George T. (George Thomas), 1819-1903

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech denouncing the African Civilization Project. The speaker believed this was similar to the American Colonization Society project and just one more way of making money using African American labor.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 391 word document (text and images)

Title: George T. Downing

Speaker or author: Downing, George T. (George Thomas), 1819-1903

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Overview of speech offered in protest of the Fugitive Slave Bill that was contributing to the kidnapping of nominally free black citizens of New York. The speaker was responding to a story of the recent experience of James Hamlet, who escaped after being kidnapped to be sold into slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 289 word document (text and image)

Title: George Thomas Downing

Speaker or author: Downing, George T. (George Thomas), 1819-1903

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Boston Athenaeum -- Pamphlet Collection

The speaker expressed suspicion at the request of the African Civilization Society for help with those in need in Liberia. He believed this was a backhanded way for the colonization society to get funds.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 311 word document (text and image)

Title: George Thomas Downing

Speaker or author: Downing, George T. (George Thomas), 1819-1903

Newspaper or publication: Pine and Palm

Speech denouncing the colonization efforts of the U.S. with regard to both the American Colonization Society and the African Civilization Society.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 288 word document (text and image)

Title: Josiah Jones

Speaker or author: Jones, Josiah, abolitionist

Newspaper or publication: Western Herald

Speech given during an anniversary celebration of the emancipation of the British West Indies by African American troops stationed in Chatham, Australia.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 286 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: Thomas Detter

Speaker or author: Detter, Thomas, b. ca. 1826

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

The speaker stressed the injustice of a prejudicial court system that refuses the testimony of black citizens in cases involving white citizens.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 432 word document (text and image)

Title: Thomas H. Jones

Speaker or author: Jones, Thomas H.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Boston Public Library -- Anti-Slavery Pamphlets

Brief speech commending the anti-slavery work of William Lloyd Garrison. The speaker believed that the work of William Lloyd Garrison offered more compassion than most churches at the time which were denying the slave a place in their congregations.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 211 word document (text and image)

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 L. Jennings

Speaker or author: Jennings, Thomas L.

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Eulogy stressing the life and accomplishments of Henry Sipkins. Published in two separate issues of the Colored American newspaper and combined into one document here.

Description of file(s): PDF 12 page, 3,287 word document (text and images)

Title: Thomas M. Kinnaird

Speaker or author: Kinnard, T. M. (Thomas M.)

Newspaper or publication: Pine and Palm

Speech held to raise funds to benefit John Anderson, a fugitive slave who had recently arrived in London from Canada. The speaker asked his listeners to donate money to erect a church and school for African Americans, and to help the fugitive slave in his care.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 165 word document (text and image)

Title: Thomas M. Kinnard

Speaker or author: Kinnard, T. M. (Thomas M.)

Newspaper or publication: Toronto Globe

Speech given in England relating the prejudice that was forming towards the escaped slaves who had settled in Canada. The speaker believed that the American government had placed people in Canada in an attempt to influence a prejudicial government there that didn't reflect the ideals of freedom that British rule had in place. The speaker was most concerned with the prejudice infiltrating the church. He believed that education was the only hope to prevent the damage prejudice could do.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 401 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)

Title: Thomas Myers Decatur Ward

Speaker or author: Ward, Thomas Myers Decatur

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal

The speaker included several important quotes against slavery by known and respected people. He then traced the history of slavery in the U.S. and praised Abraham Lincoln for its end. He stressed the future need for progress, education, and patience among the newly freed slaves.

Description of file(s): PDF 11 page, 2,307 word document (text and images)

Title: Thomas Paul

Speaker or author: Paul, Thomas, fl. 1841

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech regarding abolition and the role of the abolitionist with an emphasis on reforming the social situation of the African American citizen. The speaker is appalled by the injustices of slavery and man's inhumanity to man.

Description of file(s): PDF 13 page, 3,559 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: Maria Pointer

Title: Thomas Pointer

Speaker or author: Pointer, Thomas

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

Impassioned speech delivered to the citizens of Ohio asking them to stand up and denounce a law that required the return of fugitive slaves who had entered their state. The speaker asked them to go against an inhumane law for humanity's sake.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 1,013 word document (text and images)

Title: Thomas S. Sidney

Speaker or author: Sidney, Thomas S.

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Speech given to welcome the safe return to the U.S. of James McCune Smith after earning his degree at the university in Glasgow, Scotland, with emphasis placed on the importance of education.

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

Subtitle: Lectures in the Lecture Season.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - October 22, 1859

Speaker or author: Hamilton, Thomas

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

The writer encourages his readers to attend the upcoming lecture series being offered by the Weekly Anglo-African newspaper.

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

Subtitle: Who is for Slavery?

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - October 22, 1859

Speaker or author: Hamilton, Thomas

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

The writer responds to a letter from William J. Watkins on the subject of active opposition to slavery. The writer disagrees with William Watkins conclusion that whoever is not for slavery is against it. The writer offers situations wherein someone can be opposed to slavery but not against it.

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

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