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You will find here links to pages with articles, as well as links to web resources, Google Books, time lines, and a host of other pieces of information that start to put Douglass' speech in a variety of contexts: other works by Douglass, other abolitionist writings, speeches, the 1850s, the history of slavery and abolition, legal history about manhood and citizenship, scholarly treatments of Douglass and his works, the history of affirmative action. This resource makes no pretense whatsoever at completeness. Libraries full have been written on most of these topics. However, never before has so much primary material been available to so many. We hope you will find a tour through this page rewarding.
Library of Congress: Today in History, September 3. "On Monday, the third day of September, 1838, in accordance with my resolution, I bade farewell to the city of Baltimore, and to that slavery which had been my abhorrence from childhood." An informative essay that is heavily linked to Douglass resources.
American Abolitionism Developed by faculty members and graduate students at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, this project offers a number of resources for those interested in studying the American Abolitionist Movement.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project Born in Slavery contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.