National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The Black Abolitionist Papers

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From the Black Abolitionist Papers.


Florida State University

University of North Carolina Press

Additional information at for the documentary edition; for the microfilm; and for an online database.

The Black Abolitionist Papers is a five-volume documentary collection culled from an international archival search that turned up over 14,000 letters, speeches, pamphlets, essays, and newspaper editorials by nearly 300 black men and women. The first two volumes consider black abolitionists in the British Isles and Canada (the home of some 60,000 black Americans on the eve of the Civil War), and the remaining volumes examine the activities and opinions of black abolitionists in the United States from 1830 until the end of the Civil War. In particular, these volumes focus on their reactions to African colonization and the idea of gradual emancipation, the Fugitive Slave Law, and the promise brought by emancipation during the war. The NHPRC also supported the microfilm edition,

17 reels, 571-page guide. A separate database is available online via ProQuest.


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