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Source: Black Abolitionist Archive, University of Detroit
This online database is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials, from the 1820s through the Civil War. It provides a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement.
Directions: Cite at lest two primary documents to support your answer to the following question:
1) What strategies/rhetoric did nineteenth century abolitionists use to attack slavery?
Note: Those who wanted to abolish slavery had to engage many disparate threads of thinking to craft intellectual and moral arguments that could combat ethnocentrism, promote cultural relativism, and persuade the public that slavery was a violation of basic human rights. This is evident in nearly every document in the database. Think critically to help develop an answer, and use secondary information provided by the text and other sources to help.
Tips: Use the searchable database to zero-in on specific topics or key terms like “morally wrong” to aid in tracking down documents. List the Subtitle, Title, Speaker or Author, and Newspaper or Publication when citing a source.