The Black Abolitionist Papers: Vol. I: The British Isles, by C. Peter (ed.) Ripley, Debra Susie

By C. Peter (ed.) Ripley, Debra Susie

This five-volume documentary collection—culled from a global archival seek that grew to become up over 14,000 letters, speeches, pamphlets, essays, and newspaper editorials—reveals how black abolitionists represented the center of the antislavery stream. whereas the 1st volumes contemplate black abolitionists within the British Isles and Canada (the domestic of a few 60,000 black american citizens at the eve of the Civil War), the remainder volumes study the actions and reviews of black abolitionists within the usa from 1830 till the top of the Civil battle. particularly, those volumes specialise in their reactions to African colonization and the assumption of slow emancipation, the Fugitive Slave legislations, and the promise introduced through emancipation throughout the struggle.

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37 Blacks presented a detailed and specific picture of the everyday workings of the American slave system. They denied that slaves were well treated or lived a life that could be compared with working-class laborers in the northern United States or in England’s industrial cities. Black abolitionists described the long hours, forced labor, poor food, rude houses, inadequate clothes, and physical abuse—the whippings, shootings, rapes, and beatings—they had experienced or witnessed. For J. 38 A handful of key topics exposed the institution.

3 America, England, Scotland, and Ireland had never before experienced such antislavery activity. Countless fugitive slaves made their way to the British Isles. Many— too numerous and too historically elusive to count accurately—engaged in some antislavery activity in England. But their intent was to find a job and make a new life in the peace and security of a society unencumbered by slavery and the Fugitive Slave Law. Another group—perhaps as many as a hundred fugitive slaves prior to 1861—were drawn into the antislavery arena for reasons having to do with their own needs and the goals of antislavery organizations in the British Isles and America.

31. William Wells Brown, Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States (London, 1853); William Wells Brown, Three Years in Europe; or, Places I Have Seen and People I Have Met, with a Memoir of the Author by William Farmer (London, 1852). 32. Sarah Parker Remond, The Negro and Anglo-Africans as Freedmen and Soldiers (London, 1864). 33. William G. Allen, Prejudice against Color: An Authentic Narrative, Showing How Easily the Nation Got into an Uproar (London, 1853); William G.

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