He eventually earned the price of his own freedom by careful trading and saving.
This speech outlines many of the arguments he developed over several decades of abolitionist work. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People — These two well-respected black ministers published this response to accusations of African American treachery during the outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia.
Forten published this letter as a protest against the proposed law.
Jefferson's notes on Slavery
Eventually, black emigrants formed an American colony which became the country of Liberia. In this document Jehudi Ashmun, a white missionary who served as de facto governor for the colony, described the early years of the colony. Walker condemns colonization and gradualism, even offering a rationale for violent resistance.
William Lloyd Garrison, First Issue of the The Liberator — From its very inception, this important abolitionist periodical marked a new militant tone in abolitionist discourse.
Black Slavery in the Maritimes: A History in Documents
But this book made her very unpopular with many former readers. Arguments in favor of admitting African Americans into full membership in society are some of the most radical by any white author of the era.
Maria Stewart, Productions of Mrs. As an African American woman, she blazed a trail for later female activists.
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Jefferson's Notes makes it clear that he shared the contemporary beliefs about the biological dangers of race mixture, the innate cultural differences, and the impression of undesirable physical characteristics. However, like William Byrd II, the enlightened planter of early eighteenth century Virginia, he believed that present environmental factors might, to some extent at least, account for the limited achievements of the Negro. Moreover, Jefferson urged caution and scientific investigation before anyone reached final conclusions on racial potentialities.
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