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Title: David Jenkins

Speaker or author: Jenkins, David

Newspaper or publication: Palladium of Liberty (1843 - 1844)

Brief speech on legislation that taxed African Americans but didn't offer them any of the benefits of this taxation.

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

Title: David Jenkins

Speaker or author: Jenkins, David

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Harvard University -- Anti-Slavery Pamphlets

Brief introduction speech given at the opening of the convention. The speaker briefly stated his continued devotion to the goal of total emancipation and well being for all enslaved people.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 238 word document (text and image)

Title: David Jenkins

Speaker or author: Jenkins, David

Newspaper or publication: Palladium of Liberty (1843 - 1844)

Speech given on the organization of a convention held in Columbus. Stress is placed on the privilege of free speech and the right to assemble.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 334 word document (text and images)

Title: David Nickens

Speaker or author: Nickens, David, ca. 1794-1838

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

An address delivered on July 5th, 1832 regarding "cultivating a friendly union among ourselves as oppressed people." A processional march to Walnut St., a four mile canal boat ride (with approximately 100 persons)on the Govenor Washington canal boat, and a church picnic followed.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,283 word document (text and images)

Title: David Ruggles

Speaker or author: Ruggles, David, 1810-1849

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

Response to comments given by Philip A. Bell regarding a libel suit brought against Samuel Cornish and the Colored American newspaper. David Ruggles explains the circumstances leading up to the legal action.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 582 word document (text and images)

Title: David Ruggles

Speaker or author: Ruggles, David, 1810-1849

Newspaper or publication: Emancipator

Speech delivered before a public meeting recounting the experience of Eliza Drummings at the hands of men who were helping her escape slavery.

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

Title: David Ruggles

Speaker or author: Ruggles, David, 1810-1849

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

Address given during a public meeting regarding a libel suit brought about by David Ruggles against the Colored American newspaper and its editor Samuel Cornish. When Samuel Cornish did not appear, David Ruggles was given the floor to explain the offense and a debate among various members of the Committee of Vigilance followed.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 4,864 word document (text and images)

Title: David Ruggles

Speaker or author: Ruggles, David, 1810-1849

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

David Ruggles replies to comments made by William P. Johnson in an ongoing debate regarding the circumstances leading up to the libel suit brought against Samuel Cornish and the Colored American newspaper.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 2,083 word document (text and images)

Title: Owen B. Nickens

Speaker or author: Nickens, Owen B.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Report from Liberator newspaper describes a speech given during celebration activities on the anniversary of the emancipation of slavery in New York state.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 889 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)

Subtitle: Read This. Beware of Kidnappers.

Title: Weekly Advocate - January 14, 1837

Speaker or author: Ruggles, David, 1810-1849

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Advocate (1837)

David Ruggles describes his experience with men who wanted to capture him as a fugitive slave and force him aboard a Brazilian ship bound for Portugal. Both Ruggles and Philip Bell warn the African American public that people are being kidnapped by the crew of this ship and are not heard from again.

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

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