Richard Allen: “An Address to Those Who Keep Slaves, and Approve the Practice”

(1794)

The first abolitionist essay authored by the celebrated black activist and minister Richard Allen, “An Address to Those Who Keep Slaves, and Approve the Practice,” was among the most important black abolitionist proclamations of the late eighteenth century. Originally published in 1794 as part of a longer document titled A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People, during the Late Awful Calamity in Philadelphia, in the Year 1793, which he coauthored with his fellow black churchman Absalom Jones, Allen’s antislavery address challenged Americans to end both slavery and racial...

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