Abolitionists Primary Sources
Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?
The Pennsylvania gradual abolition law, 1 March 1780
A runaway slave broadside, 2 November 1853.
Summary on the life, trial, and execution of John Brown, 1859.
Primary-source documents relating to the Amistad slave rebellion.
The full text of the Court opinions and the arguments in the Amistad case are available from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Read primary-source reviews of Sojourner Truth's speeches, from the Sojourner Truth Institute in Battle Creek, Michigan.
My Bondage and Freedom, by Frederick Douglass, 1855.
Frederick Douglass on what the fourth of July means to the slave.
The full text of Angelina Grimké Weld's antislavery speech at Pennsylvania Hall is available through PBS online: