Toward Freedom: Pittsburgh Blacks, 1800-1870

Throughout the antebellum period in the United States, two of the most volatile issues were the abolition of slavery and Blacks’ civil rights. Conventions, meetings, and written memorials to state and federal governmental bodies regarding these concerns abounded. Both Black and white residents of cities and towns became involved in the slavery question, while Black residents, primarily,...
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Martin Robison Delany

Martin Robison Delany (1812-1885) proved to be a man of many talents and interests. He was an abolitionist, Civil War army officer, explorer, editor, author, physician, politician and, to many, the “father of black nationalism” in the United States. “Do not fail to meet this most extraordinary and intelligent black man,” President Abraham Lincoln advised Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in...
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