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Subtitle: Political Power and Strength the Legitimate Fruit of a Thorough Knowledge of Ourselves.

Title: Anglo-African - September 3, 1865

Speaker or author: Hamilton, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Anglo-African (1863 - 1865)

Letter to the editor stressing the importance of education to African Americans. Elevation involves political advancement, influence and power, and this is not possible for those without education.

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

Title: Charles Lenox Remond

Speaker or author: Purvis, Robert, 1810-1898

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Speech welcoming the return of Parker Pillsbury from his two year trip abroad. The speaker stressed his agreement with Mr. Pillsbury that slaveholders should not be permitted to join the Union (of northern states).

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 668 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: A Lesson for Young Men.

Title: Colored American - August 4, 1838

Speaker or author: Sears, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer comments on a report regarding the trial of a young man accused of embezzlement. He cautions the young men among his readers to focus on character and ethics in their working lives.

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

Subtitle: The Church Must Awake!

Title: Colored American - December 2, 1837

Speaker or author: Sears, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer hopes that the recent murder of a newspaper owner in Illinois will cause the Church to change its position and begin to preach against slavery. By its silence (and even its own slave ownership in some cases), the Church conveyes a message of acceptance of slavery to its congregations. The writer emphasizes the power of the Church to sway public opinion and he hopes this event will stir ministers to action that will put an end to slavery and prejudice.

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

Subtitle: On Debating Institutions.

Title: Colored American - July 8, 1837

Speaker or author: Sears, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer stresses the importance of education. The pursuit of knowledge is not only economically beneficial, but also pleasurable.

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

Subtitle: Both Sides of the Question.

Title: Colored American - May 27, 1837

Speaker or author: Sears, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer shares a conversation he had with an advocate of colonization who justified his belief that colonization was the only solution to the "problem" of slavery. The Colonizationist believed the Abolitionists were disturbing the "happy union" with their efforts, and that colonization posed to the only hope for the peace and happiness of all concerned.

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

Subtitle: A True Picture.

Title: Colored American - May 27, 1837

Speaker or author: Sears, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Brief anecdote designed to persuade the reader to refrain from drinking alcohol.

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

Subtitle: The Theatre.

Title: Colored American - October 28, 1837

Speaker or author: Sears, Robert

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer notices that young people are attending plays at a local theater. He consideres this an unhealthy practice and quotes several Greek philosophers who agreed with his point of view.

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

Title: Emmanuel Morris

Speaker or author: Morris, Emmanuel, waiter

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman

Brief speech delivered by a black waiter during a meeting of "colored citizens of St. Catharines." The speaker stressed the prejudice and insults he and other hotel employees had suffered from both employers and customers.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 158 word document (text and image)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

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

Speech denouncing the words and political actions of Charles "Pat" O'Conor when speaking against emancipation of U.S. slaves. The speaker said that he would have assumed the Negro race would have had a friend in Charles "Pat" O'Conor since he was from Ireland. However, O'Conor had cautioned the U.S. government that freed slaves would turn against the white population.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 586 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

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

Impassioned speech given to honor the sacrifice of John Brown who was executed on this day. The speaker praises John Brown's life, although he notes that he didn't agree with his methods. He believes that John Brown was martyred in the name of freedom and justice.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 600 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Impassioned speech calling slaves to protest slavery through active resistance to their masters' commands.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 231 word document (text and image)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882.

Newspaper or publication: Emancipator

Passionate speech regarding the oppression of slavery. Stress is placed on the illogical belief that keeping the slave ignorant keeps him or her from being discontent; and emphasizing that denying slaves an education prevents them from providing for their own medical, legal, and moral care.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,143 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882.

Newspaper or publication: Impatial Citizen

Speech given while presenting a silver pitcher to Gerrit Smith to honor his work for the abolition of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 851 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

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

The speaker supported the goals and motivations of the African Civilization Society. He stressed that the motivation behind the funding of immigration to Africa is to confirm friendly relations with the native people, to purchase land for immigrants, to build schools and churches, to promote lawful commerce, and to encourage the spread of Christianity.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,066 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

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

The speaker approves of the civilization goals of the African Aid Society that proposes to move black families from Canada to Africa. He believes this offers a postive way to improve the lives of all concerned, and provide England with a different source for cotton. Like many abolitionists, he believes that slavery is mainly continued in the U.S. based on the money made from the production of cotton.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,360 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

Newspaper or publication: Morgan State University Library -- Pamphlet Collection

Speech given before the House of Representatives denouncing slavery as an inhumane system in a country founded on freedom. The speaker related his own experiences with slavery and the injustices he had witnessed growing up as a slave. Now that slavery had ended, he asked that the government approach the recovery of the Union with an eye towards racial harmony.

Description of file(s): PDF 20 page, 5,472 word document (text and images)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

Newspaper or publication: Gateshead Observer

Brief speech given in England in which the speaker encouraged his audience to purchase and use only free-labor produced goods and boycott slave-labor produced goods. He emphasized that boycotting slave-produced goods would aid in the fight towards emancipation of the slaves in the U.S.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 226 word document (text and image)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker rejoiced that slavery was at that point no longer national but "sectional" since it had just been abolished in Washington, DC. He also noted that a recent bill had passed prohibiting slavery in the Territories of the U. S.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 298 word document (text and image)

Title: Henry Highland Garnet

Speaker or author: Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882

Newspaper or publication: British Friend

Speaker expressed his appreciation for all the kindness he and his fellow travelers had received in England and Germany.

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

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