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Title: Henry Box Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, Henry Box, b. 1816

Newspaper or publication: Emancipator

Narrative regarding one man's daring escape from slavery by having himself shipped in a crate from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia and freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 933 word document (text and images)

Title: John Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, John, fl. 1854

Newspaper or publication: Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal

Narrative regarding the life of John Brown and his experiences growing up as a slave.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 2,808 word document (text and images)

Title: John Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, John, fl. 1854

Newspaper or publication: West Briton

Overview of an anecdotal speech regarding one man's experience and escape from slavery. The speaker found himself without support in England and was telling his story to earn funds to return to Canada.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 595 word document (text and images)

Title: Paola Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, Paola

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Toronto Public Library -- Toronto, Canada

Lengthy sermon describing the history of slavery, its continued cruelties, and the influence of the Church in keeping the system in place in the U.S. The speaker emphasized the relationship between Egyptian slaves and those in the U.S., as well as the response of various European countries to the institution of slavery. Included is a denouncement of the Fugitive Slave Bill.

Description of file(s): PDF 73 page, 23,292 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Presscopy -- Bibliotheque Nationale -- Paris, France

Speech presented in France before a French audience. The original speech is published in French and translated for an English speaking audience (both versions are shown). The speech is a brief thank you to the French government for abolishing slavery in France and the French colonies. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 141 word document (text and image)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: North Star

Speech given during a ceremony welcoming the speaker to England. The speaker addressed the audience on the horrors of slavery, the injustices of the U. S. laws that allowed slaveholders to abuse their slaves, and the general prejudice of the American people towards all people of color.

Description of file(s): PDF 9 page, 2,267 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard

Lengthy speech regarding the injustices of slavery. The speaker noted that even though he is of mixed blood (his father, a slave-owner), he has known the cruelties and injustices of slavery. He called for an end to this system of human abuse.

Description of file(s): PDF 11 page, 2,981 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief farewell speech given prior to the speaker's departure for the World Peace Convention in Paris. The speaker assured the audience that the World Peace Convention would hasten the complete abolition of slavery. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 408 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Brief speech in which the speaker expressed suspicion of any movement that encouraged immigration of African Americans. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 109 word document (text and image)

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: Liberator

Speech regarding the history of the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. The speaker stressed the irony of the continuation of slavery in the U.S., a country founded on freedom.

Description of file(s): PDF 9 page, 2,387 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Pine and Palm

The speaker expressed his encouragement regarding the idea of colonizing Hayti.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 366 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: North Star

Speech given during a public meeting in London illustrating the cruelties and injustices of American slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 973 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Speech regarding England's contribution to the institution of slavery in the U.S. The speaker emphasized the irony of continued slavery even after the slave trade had been outlawed. He noted that some slaveholders inherited slaves from their parents, and continued using "domestic" slave labor even though it was against the law to bring more slaves into the country. England was blamed for starting it, but the U.S. had to be held accountable for continuing this practice.

Description of file(s): PDF 7 page, 2,001 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Pennsylvania Freeman

Brief speech in which the speaker noted that although he felt an increase in public support for the abolition of slavery, his experience since childhood had been one of constant contempt from the white population because of his race. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 314 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

Overview of speech delivered in London regarding the political condition of the question of slavery in the U.S. The speaker condemned the recent political actions of Daniel Webster and emphasized that life without liberty is not worth living.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 565 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: North Star

Brief speech regarding the degraded condition of the slave and the poor white working class in the southern states. The speaker pointed to a monument in Croton Heights, Connecticut erected to those who gave their lives in battle in 1781, with the names of black victims listed separately from whites as evidence of pro-slavery feelings in that state. (Inlcudes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 1 page, 168 word document (text and image)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Non Conformist

Speech commemorating the emancipation of the British West Indies on August 1, 1834. The speaker noted the benefits of living in Britain for the formerly enslaved people of the U.S., and expressed his hope that slavery would end in that country as well. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 448 word document (text and images)

Title: William Wells Brown

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

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Speech denouncing the Fugitive Slave Bill, and praising the work of the American Anti-Slavery Society in its efforts to end slavery.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 794 word document (text and images)

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