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Title: Charles Williamson

Speaker or author: Williamson, Charles, fl. 1852

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Foner and Walker, Eds. -- Proceedings of the Black State Conventions 1840-1865, (1980) Vol. 2, pp. 42-49

Speech expressing an encouragement for free black citizens to colonize Africa. The speaker said he had traveled to various countries and no other country offered a better opportunity for freed slaves than Africa.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 326 word document (text and image)

Title: H. M. Williams

Speaker or author: Williams, H. M., fl. 1852

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Brief speech denouncing the goals of the Colonization Society and its push to colonize Liberia with nominally free black citizens.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 144 word document (text and image)

Subtitle: Close of the Volume.

Title: Impartial Citizen - February 13, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The editor describes the struggles and challenges of starting and maintaining the newspaper. He asks his subscribers who owe money to pay now.

Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)

Title: Impartial Citizen - February 20, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The editor asks for donations to allow the newspaper to continue publication. He promises to devote newspaper space to issues concerning "Temperance, Anti-Slavery, Land Reform, Homestead Exemption, and Peace."

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Self-Elevation.

Title: Impartial Citizen - March 14, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer tells his readers that the only way to live a successful life is through "elevation" in terms of self-respect, morality, and self-esteem. He emphasizes that the only way to achieve this is by working on their own self-improvement in this manner and not depending on others to do this for them. This work must come from within each individual. It offers a tremendous challenge but it is the only way to gain social acceptance in this country.

Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - May 8, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer relates his experiences while travel across New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island on a lecture tour. He emphasizes the work being done to abolish slavery, promote reform and ensure voting rights in the places he visits.

Description of file(s): three scanned newspaper pages (five columns)

Subtitle: Seneca, Oswego, Jefferson, &c.

Title: Impartial Citizen - November 21, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer describes his travels and experiences while on a lecture tour of New York and the surrounding area.

Description of file(s): five scanned newspaper pages (nine columns)

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 10, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer continues his commentary on his speaking tour of New York and Pennsylvania. He describes his experiences during his travels.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 17, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer continues his journal reporting of his experiences while on a speaking tour.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 24, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer continues his journaled reporting of his travels through New York and Pennsylvania on a speaking tour.

Description of file(s): three scanned newspaper pages (five columns)

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - October 5, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer offers further commentary on the Fugitive Slave Bill that he began in a previous editorial.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - September 14, 1850

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer comments on the Fugitive Slave Bill. He urges his readers to band together to support each other in their fight against this form of oppression.

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

Subtitle: Editorial Correspondence.

Title: Impartial Citizen - September 5, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer describes his travels to Pennsylvania. He highlights villages, people he meets along the way, and his experiences during his journey.

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

Title: J. B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Short anecdotal speech regarding one man's experience with slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 149 word document (text and image)

Title: J. L. Ward

Speaker or author: Ward, J. L., fl. 1852

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Brief speech denouncing the Fugitive Slave Bill and encouraging listeners to oppose it.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 188 word document (text and images)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker emphasized the desire for equal rights for the newly freed slaves. While he admitted to being surprised by the Emancipation Proclamation, he believed it was God's Will and that justice had finally prevailed. He denounced those who agreed with the Crittenden Compromise, and emphasized that the war was not caused by the abolitionists.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 319 word document (text and image)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

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

Commentary on a speech given to encourage African Americans to immigrate to Africa or Hayti. The commentator believes the speaker made deliberate exaggerations in order to make money off the plight of the slaves.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 566 word document (text and images)

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech in which the speaker advocted the African Civilization Project. He emphasized consideration of this endeavor to gain the "...respect of their enemies."

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

Title: John B. Smith

Speaker or author: Smith, J. B. (John B.), Rev., fl. 1852-1863

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

The speaker gave a brief overview of the Boston Convention including a "controversy" between Henry Highland Garnet and George T. Downing. He said that the convention participants had agreed that they would remain in the U.S., their birth place. He also stressed the importance of cotton in continuing the system of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 532 word document (text and images)

Subtitle: James D. Tinsley.

Title: Provincial Freeman - August 5, 1854

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer offers a eulogy on the reported death of James D. Tinsley.

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

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