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Title: Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman

The speaker opened a debate on the merits of emigration to Canada by the free people of color. She emphasized the benefits of the climate, economy, opportunities in agriculture and property ownership, and the positive character of the Canadian people.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 1,482 word document (text and images)

Title: Mary Ann Shadd [Cary]

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: British Banner

Brief speech regarding fugitive slaves who had escaped to Canada and were now prospering there. The speaker called for action to promote the freedom to settle in Canada by all those who desired to do so regardless of race.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 200 word document (text and image)

Title: Mr. Bradley

Speaker or author: Bradley, Mr.

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Brief speech in which the speaker expressed his opposition to the formation of a new political party proposed to benefit the fight for abolition of slavery. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 101 word document (text and image)

Title: Samuel Ringgold Ward

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

Newspaper or publication: NonConformist

Overview of speech regarding the speakers experiences as a fugitive slave in Canada. The speech helped raise money for the care of other fugitive slaves living in Canada.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 264 word document (text and image)

Title: W. H. Newby

Speaker or author: Newby, W. H.

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

The speaker expressed his fears that since this was the first convention of colored citizens to be held in California, and since this convention was taking place in Sacramento, that they would not be accepted or taken seriously due to the pervasive prejudice in that state.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 248 word document (text and image)

Title: W. H. Newby

Speaker or author: Newby, W. H.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech in which the speaker corrected an error in a previous remark he'd made about the educational capabilities of African Americans. He believed that both black and white races had equal capacity to learn and advance. But he also believed that the Caucasian race had limited the opportunities for African Americans to advance in this country.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 452 word document (text and images)

Title: William C. Nell

Speaker or author: Nell, William C. (William Cooper), 1816-1874.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech given during the dedication of a grove set aside for church services. The speaker emphasized that the Church had become, by its refusal to aid in the anti-slavery movement, an implied supporter of slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 157 word document (text and image)

Title: William C. Nell

Speaker or author: Nell, William C. (William Cooper), 1816-1874.

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Speech delivered during the acceptance of a gold watch presented to the speaker in honor of his work for equal rights in education. The speaker included his own experiences with the color barrier in education along with the stories of others who had fought for equal educational rights.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 3,079 word document (text and images)

Title: William Craft

Speaker or author: Craft, William

Newspaper or publication: British Friend

Brief overview of speech describing the life of the average slave.

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 204 word document (text and image)

Title: William Craft

Speaker or author: Craft, William

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Speech denouncing the Fugitive Slave Law and emphasizing its injustices. The speaker recounted his experiences with this law.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 662 word document (text and images)

Title: William G. Allen

Speaker or author: Allen, William G., fl. 1849-1853

Newspaper or publication: Belfast Newsletter

Overview of speech presented at the Belfast Ladies' Association meeting arguing the speaker's belief that art, culture and religion had their origins in Africa. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 199 word document (text and image)

Title: William G. Allen

Speaker or author: Allen, William G., fl. 1849-1853

Newspaper or publication: Belfast Newsletter

Overview of a speech regarding the history of American slavery. The speaker noted that American Indians had been at one time considered for slavery, but that they were not as suited for it as African captives. The speaker said that what was wanted was not so much emancipation as it was the "...eradication of the principles of slavery, and the prejudice against slaves, which existed in American breasts..." He wished for an end to slavery as well as the effects of slavery on a society that had grown strong from slave labor. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 405 word document (text and images)

Title: William J. Watkins

Speaker or author: Watkins, William J.

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Lengthy speech given during the anniversary celebration of the emancipation of the British West Indies. The speaker emphasized the irony of a country founded on freedom that realized its power and wealth through the institution of slavery. He hoped that Great Britain's actions would inspire America to follow and emancipate its slaves. He noted various influencial men who were working to realize this goal.

Description of file(s): PDF 42 page, 10,575 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Brief overview of a speech stressing the influence of the Church in the continuance of the institution of slavery. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 198 word document (text and image)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

Speech regarding the influence of religion and the Church in the continuation of slavery. The speaker noted that "The teaching of religion has always favored slavery," and he noted two theologians who had publicly taught that "...God ordained the institution (of slavery)."

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 859 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

The speaker addressed the issues of slave trading and "slave raising," and stressed that the acceptance of these had been passed down from generation to generation. As a mulatto, he believed he offered a type of bridge between races. He related a story of the kindness shown to him in Massachusetts that he hadn't known before, but stressed that this bit of kindness had not stopped him from working to end slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 878 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

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

Brief overview of speech regarding the influence of the Church on the continuation of slavery. The speaker stressed the importance of stripping away the social and religious acceptance of slavery as a source of economic development in the U.S. (Duplicate of speech Brown_16338spe. See this speech for audio recording.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 206 word document (text and image)

Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: Anti-Slavery Bugle

The speaker emphasized the prejudice that had come about as a result of slavery. He noted that the prejudice of the times was based on race, not color, and this related directly to slavery, not appearance.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 353 word document (text and images)

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