ProQuest has culled a key resource from its microfilm vault to create a new, comprehensive digital record of the 19th century African American movement to abolish slavery in the United States and its territories. Available fall 2009, Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830–1865, is an authoritative record of the international abolitionist movement from the Black perspective. The collection’s 14,000 primary source materials include hand-written letters, published speeches, editorials, articles, sermons, and essays from archives across the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Jamaica. Previously many of these rare documents were only available on microfilm. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830–1865 will be available as a standalone resource, or as an add-on module for Black Studies Center<sup><small>™</sup></small>.
“Fundamental to ProQuest’s mission is developing resources that illuminate vital pieces of our collective past,” said Mary Sauer-Games, vice president of publishing for ProQuest. “We’re continuing to mine our vault for gems of information, such as the Black Abolitionist Papers, and combine them with our renowned technology to make deep historical research easier and more widely accessible than ever.”
Black abolitionists were highly instrumental in bringing the issue of slavery to the consciousness of international society in the 35 years before the start of the U.S. Civil War. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830–1865, is the largest collection of materials that identifies almost 300 antebellum African-American activists and provides a voice to these reformers who were a persuasive force in the 19th-century anti-slavery movement, but who have been virtually ignored in most existing accounts of history. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830–1865, provides a pristine, unequalled record of the activism of the Black community. The collection offers an extraordinary opportunity for historical research and teaching. Some of the subjects covered include northern/southern separatism within the church, black colonization and emigration, black political action, church support of black educational institutions, and black intellectual and social life.
Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830–1865 is the latest addition to ProQuest’s suite of resources to support the study and teaching of Black History, including the Black Studies Center, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Black Newspapers, The HistoryMakers®, Twentieth Century African American Poetry, African Writers Series, ProQuest Civil War Era, Ethnic NewsWatch™ and The African American Biographical Database. For more information on ProQuest diversity resources visit www.proquest.com.
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