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"An American"
1839

In this anonymously published work, the author writes about the different perspectives on slavery and discusses why colonization is the best answer to the slavery problem.

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Adams, Nehemiah
1855

Nehemiah Adams, a Northerner, recounts his impressions of slavery and Southern life acquired during his visit to the South.

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Anonymous
1836

A series of letters published in newspapers of the day, discussing the origin of slavery, internal improvements, tariffs, and abolitionist arguments.

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Aughey, John H.
1863

This book is a memoir of a Southern minister that was sent to jail and sentenced to be executed because of his abolitionist views. He manages to barely escape and becomes a refugee from Mississippi. He was initially targeted because of his pro-...

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Avey, Elijah
1906

Elijah Avey describes the places and scenes related to the life and death of abolitionist John Brown.

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Ball, Charles
1837

Charles Ball, who endured many hardships as a slave and as a fugitive on his journey to freedom, tells his personal story with the assistance of a Mr. Fisher.

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Barnes, Albert
1857

The Church and Slavery attempts to reveal the evil of slavery through an understanding of the New-School Presbyterian church. Very little focus is put on interpretations of the Bible, unlike other books of this class.

Bull Run to Bull Run; or, Four Years in the Army of Northern Virginia
Baylor, George
1900

George Baylor, at first with the 2nd Virginia Infantry and later with the 12th Virginia Cavalry, recounts his four years of service during the Civil War, including his time as a prisoner of war and as commander of his own cavalry unit.

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Beecher, Catharine Esther
1837

In a critique of abolitionism that started as a letter to Angelina Grimké, Catharine Beecher argues that, because of the violence generated by the anti-slavery movement, women should not become involved.

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Benton, Thomas Hart
1857

Benton critically examines the Supreme Court's Dred Scott case, and argues against the Missouri Compromise on the grounds that slaves, as property, could not be affected by federal legislation.

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Blake, W. O.
1857

The book is a detailed account of the origins of slavery in ancient history through the introduction of Christian slavery to North Africa, the African slave trade from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, the Middle Passage, and slavery in...

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Blanchard, Jonathan and Nathan Lewis Rice
1846

A debate on slavery between Rev. J. Blanchard, Pastor of the Sixth Presbyterian Church, arguing for the abolitionist movement that the relation of slavery is sinful, and N.L. Rice, D.D. Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church, arguing that it...

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Bledsoe, Albert Taylor
1856

In his essay, Albert Taylor Bledsoe counters a number of arguments and positions of the Abolitionist movement.

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Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society
1836

The Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society's polemic against slavery as well as inequality of the sexes.

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Broussais, François Joseph Victor; Thomas Cooper, translator
1831

Thomas Cooper, the inveterate materialist, attacks the dominant American school of metaphysical doctrines of psychology by translating and publishing the most forward writer of the modern French school of physiological medicine.

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Buchanan, James
1866

James Buchanan outlines the development of the great crisis that culminated in the outbreak of the Civil War at the end of his presidency. He places the polarizing issue of slavery at the center of turmoil, commenting on decades of hardening...

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Buchanan, James; John Bassett Moore (editor)
1908-1911

Compiled and edited by John Bassett Moore, this twelve-volume set of the collected letters and speeches of James Buchanan, spanning his entire political career, includes both personal and professional documents.

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Campbell, John
1851

John Campbell argues that, based on historical evidence, Caucasians are superior to those of African descent.

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Chamberlin, Thomas
1905

Considered one of the best regimental histories of the civil war, Chamberlin records the actions and characters of his regiment, the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers.

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Channing, William Ellery
1835

William Channing describes slaveholding as evil, but he also explains that armed conflict is not the appropriate means toward ending slavery.

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Channing, William Ellery
1839

William Channing penned this letter on the evils of slavery as a response to a speech delivered by Henry Clay in the U.S. Senate.

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Channing, William Ellery
1841

William Channing, impressed by the recent news of emancipation successes in the British West Indies, expresses hope that the United States will learn from these experiences.

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Cheever, George Barrell
1857

Reverend Cheever argues against the statement of slavers which stated that their views on slavery in the Bible were correct, albeit out of context. He also explains the immorality of the Fugitive Slave Act which Congress passed in 1850.

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Child, Lydia Maria Francis
1865

As a source of inspiration to freedmen, Lydia Child offers a compilation of short stories, authored by noted abolitionists and former slaves, that showcase the accomplishments and courage of African-American men and women.

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Conway, Moncure Daniel
1864

Written to enlighten English audiences on American slavery, this 1864 effort by Moncure Conway includes an impassioned argument for the black race as having the potential to equal any other.

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