Even as the U.S. was in the midst of declaring its independence in 1775, a society was born in Philadelphia dedicated to emancipating America's black slaves. The Pennsylvania Abolition Society originated with the early anti-slavery activities of Philadelphia Quakers, and its continuing efforts toward the cause of equal education and employment for blacks makes it the oldest such organization still in existence.
The microfilm collection of the Society's papers charts the founding and the activities of this organization and contains primary sources central to a study of the American abolition movement both pre- and post-Civil War. Students conducting research in black studies, American history, abolition movements, religious history, and the history of American education will find correspondence, minutes, reports, financial papers, manumissions, indentures, and other legal papers, as well as printed materials in these documents.
Among the many topics to be examined in-depth are:
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania filmed this collection from the original documents in its possession. It represents a landmark collection for time-specific research as well as for comparative period studies relating to the abolition movement in America.