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Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Lynch, Black Spokesman: Selected Published Writings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, pp. 11-20

Speech supporting the African colonization efforts of freed slaves. The speaker emphasized the benefits of African Americans immigrating to Africa.

Description of file(s): PDF 12 page, 4,287 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Our Origin, Dangers and Duties -- Lynch, Black Spokesman: Selected Published Writings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, pp. 25-33

The speaker encouraged those of African descent to return to their "fatherland" and help cultivate and develop Africa. He believed that Africa offered opportunity and freedom that freed slaves could never find in America.

Description of file(s): PDF 11 page, 3,827 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Lynch, Black Spokesman: Selected Writings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, pp. 63-65

Speech regarding the issues facing Liberia at the time. The speaker believed that the desire to be rich had created too much foreign dependency and not enough development of internal values for the Liberian population in terms of morality, education, and economics. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 911 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Lynch, Black Spokesman: Selected Published Writings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, pp. 219-222

Inaugural address given at the opening of Liberia College in the newly formed colony of Liberia in West Africa. The speaker gave a brief history of the Africa people who had been captured into slavery and were now given the opportunity to return to their "fatherland" and establish a successful country based on freedom and liberty.

Description of file(s): PDF 5 page, 1,686 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: African Repository

Speech delivered on the 18th anniversary of Liberian Independence. The speaker stressed the accomplishments of the nation of Liberia and suggested amendments to its constitution.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 4,406 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: African Repository

Speech describing the geographical and cultural aspects of Ethiopia, Liberia and other explored areas of Africa. The speaker encouraged an evangelical approach to colonization of Africa.

Description of file(s): PDF 18 page, 7,230 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: African Repository

Inaugural speech given at the founding of the first college in West Africa. The speaker stressed the importance of education in the formation of Liberia.

Description of file(s): PDF 22 page, 8,619 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: African Repository

The speaker described life in Africa with the U.S. colonization efforts taking place there. He encouraged freed slaves to immigrate and participate in the colonization of Liberia and Ethiopia.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 1,331 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Lynch, Black Spokesman: Selected Writings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, pp. 67-75

-- Copyright Permission Pending -- Eulogy given for the Reverend John Day tracing his life through childhood to death, emphasizing his challenges and triumphs. The speaker focused on the Reverend's impact on the world around him and his influence in the work for the abolition of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 11 page, 3,731 word document (text and images)

Title: Edward Wilmot Blyden

Speaker or author: Blyden, Edward Wilmot, 1832-1912.

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Our Origin, Dangers and Duties -- Lynch, Black Spokesman: Selected Published Writings of Edward Wilmot Blyden, pp. 77-79

The speaker called for an amendment to the Constitution of the newly formed Liberian government to extend the term of president from two years to "six to eight" without an option for immediate re-election to that office. He also called for an amendment to allow the president the power to dismiss government employees when necessary. The speaker included other suggestions to improve the Constitution of Liberia.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 1,099 word document (text and images)

Title: James H. Harris

Speaker or author: Harris, James H., 1832-1891

Newspaper or publication: Christian Recorder (1852 - 1856)

Brief speech in which the speaker encouraged the newly freed slaves to stay in the southern states and not migrate to the north. The speaker felt that African American had more friends among the white population in the south than in the north.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 412 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Patriot

Speech delivered before an English audience regarding the effects of the Civil War on the English economy. The speaker emphasized that slavery was "perpetual war, and was more cruel and immoral than any." He apologized to the British people for the disruption in cotton importation from the U.S. due to the fighting.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 651 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Non Conformist

An appeal to the American people on behalf of the newly freed slaves for assistance in adapting to their new condition. Almost immediately after the Emancipation Proclamation the prejudice already prevalent in the country became more pronounced and intense. The speaker called for reason and compassion.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 804 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Rhodes House -- MSS British Empire -- G88, Freedman's Aid Society -- Oxford, England

Overview of a speech addressing the pro-slavery argument that the slave is content in his/her situation. This argument includes the idea that the slave has no right to his contentment if it interfers with another person's freedom. The speaker also eloquently addressed the argument of the inferiority of the black race.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 968 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker praised George Thompson for his accomplishments on behalf of African Americans. He compared the treatment of the slave in the northern states with the treatment of the slave in the southern states and concluded that African Americans were treated better in the south.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 711 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech delivered before an English audience requesting that the British government refuse aid and assistance to the Confederacy.

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

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech given before an English audience asking for their support in the process of emancipation that was now in effect in the U.S. The speaker expressed his idea that immediate emancipation was better than the gradual emancipation that some promoted.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,641 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

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

Overview of speech given in response to the execution of John Brown. The speaker compares John Brown's life to the lives of John the Baptist and Jesus.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 517 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- John Rylands Library -- Manchester, England

Speech given on the anniversary of the execution of John Brown. The speaker related his experience with John Brown, and praised him as a martyr for the abolition of slavery. He also praised other abolitionists and stressed that the incident at Harper's Ferry was the spark that fueled the current fight to completely end slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 2,698 word document (text and images)

Title: John Sella Martin

Speaker or author: Martin, J. Sella (John Sella), b. 1832

Newspaper or publication: Non Conformist

Speech addressing those who criticized immediate emancipation. The speaker also addressed the belief that the slave was content in his bondage.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 890 word document (text and images)

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