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MANY ROADS TO FREEDOM:
In addition to slave
narratives and biographies, there were a large number of other items
published which related to slavery, the abolitionists and pre-war
conditions. Visitors to the South told dramatic stories about what they
saw. Heroes of the abolitionist movement were celebrated. Scholars debated
the ethics of slavery. Abolitionists compiled books of quotations,
letters, etc. and used the proceeds to fund abolitionist activities.
Speeches were given by Rochester abolitionists both here and on the
lecture circuit. And, last but not least, one local man, George Washington
Clark, created books of anti-slavery songs, some of which he wrote himself
and others which he adapted.
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Twelve years a slave: narrative of Solomon Northrup,
a citizen of New York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued
in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana
[pdf, 22.7 MB]
by Solomon Northup, 1853.
The claims of the negro, ethnologically considered:
An address before the literary societies of Western Reserve College at
commencement July 12, 1854 [pdf, 1.96 MB]
by Frederick Douglass.
Two speeches by Frederick Douglass: one on West
India emancipation, delivered at Canandaigua, Aug. 4th, and the other on
the Dred Scott decision, delivered in New York, on the occasion of the
anniversary of the American Abolition Society, May 1857 [pdf,
2.0 MB] by Frederick