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Selected Writings of Douglass and Others

These selected writings are provided here specifically to support the teaching materials provided elsewhere and to meet the needs of a University of Rochester course, "Lincoln, Douglass and Black Freedom." A companion page is available on the Lincoln and his Circle website examining the issues below using speeches and writings of Abraham Lincoln.

More will be added in the future, and suggestions are welcome.

Please note that digital editions of Douglass' autobiographies are available from the University of North Carolina's "Documenting the American South" online project at <>.

Autobiographical Expressions
Lincoln's View
Lincoln's View
Slavery and American Freedom
Lincoln's View
Politics of the Day (Local, State, National, and International)
  • "The Revolution of 1848,"speech at West India Emancipation Celebration, Rochester, New York, Aug. 1, 1848.
  • "West India Emancipation,"speech delivered at Canandaigua, New York, Aug. 4, 1857.
  • "The Chicago Nomination," Douglass’ Monthly, June 1860.
  • "The Presidential Campaign of 1860," speech at celebration of West India Emancipation, Aug. 1, 1860, Douglass’ Monthly, Sept. 1860.
Lincoln's View
Lincoln’s Election
Lincoln's View
Secession and War 
Lincoln's View
War and Slavery
Lincoln's View
Lincoln's View
Civil War Matters
Lincoln's View
Conduct of the War
  • "Our Work Is Not Done," speech delivered at the annual meeting of the American Anti-Slave Society held at Philadelphia, Dec., 3-4, 1863.  Proceedings.
  • "The Mission of the War," address sponsored by Women’s Loyal League and delivered in Cooper Institute, New York City, Jan., 13, 1864.  New York Tribune, Jan., 14, 1864.
  • "Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln," delivered at the unveiling of the Freedman’s Monument in Memory of Abraham Lincoln, in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C., April 14, 1876.
Lincoln's View
Reconstruction and Black Freedom
Lincoln's View
Black Republicans
  • "To Theodore Tilton," Rochester, Oct. 15, 1864.
  • "Address to the People of the United States," delivered at a Convention of Colored Men, Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 25, 1883.
  • "The Civil Rights Case," speech at the Civil Rights Mass Meeting held at Lincoln Hall, Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 1883.
  • "Southern Barbarism," speech on the occasion of the Twenty-Fourth Anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1886.
  • "I Denounce the So-Called Emancipation as a Stupendous Fraud," speech on the occasion of the Twenty-Sixth Anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1888.
  • "The Bloody Shirt," speech delivered at the National Republican Convention, Chicago, June 19, 1888.
  • "The Nation’s Problem," speech delivered before the Bethel Library and Historical Society, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1889.
  • "Why is the Negro Lynched?,"  The Lesson of the Hour, pamphlet, 1894.
Lincoln's View"


Hammond, James H.

  • Speech of Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina, on the admission of Kansas, under the Lecompton Constitution: delivered in the Senate of the United States, March 4, 1858 [pdf version]

Anthony, Susan B. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States by the National Woman Suffrage Association, July 4, 1876 [HTML version">]

Walker, David

Whittier, John Greenleaf