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F.A. Day Library: Growing and Changing of the USA


Growing and Changing in the USA

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Recommended Websites

The websites provided here have been evaluated for currency, authority, and purpose.  When using these sources, you should evaluate their relevance to your topic and verify accuracy across multiple sources.  

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you. 

American Abolitionists and Anti-Slavery Activists: Conscience of the Nation

American Abolitionists and Anti-Slavery Activists

This website was created as a tribute to American Abolitionists and anti-slavery activists. The research and material that appears on this website is the result of an ongoing project to compile a database of individuals and organizations who were opposed to slavery. 

1800's Changemakers

 John Brown- radical white abolitionist who led anti-slavery raids

 Frederick Douglass-escaped enslaved person who became an important and powerful speaker against slavery

William Lloyd Garrison-white abolitionist who published an anti-slavery newspaper

Angelina and Sarah Grimke-sisters who left behind wealthy plantation life to speak out against slavery in the North

Gabriel Prosser-enslaved African American who led a slave revolt in 1800

Dred Scott-enslaved person who fought for his freedom in the courts

Harriet Beecher Stowe-white author who published a groundbreaking and influential book against slavery

Sojourner Truth-black speaker who wrote about challenges of being a woman and African American

Harriet Tubman-formerly enslaved person who led raids to rescue other enslaved people on the Underground Railroad

Nat Turner- enslaved African American who led a slave revolt in 1831

Denmark Vesey- enslaved African American who led a slave revolt in 1822

David Walker-a free African American author and activist

Elizabeth Cady Stanton- advocate for women’s suffrage

Lucretia Mott- active abolitionist and women’s rights advocate

Susan B. Anthony- advocate for women’s suffrage

Maria Stewart- early advocate for African American and women’s rights

Dorothea Dix- worked for the rights of the mentally disabled

Clara Barton- made huge advances in nursing, especially for women

Elizabeth Blackwell-the first American woman to earn a medical degree

Charles Sumner-radical white Massachusetts senator who pushed for racial equality

Thaddeus Stevens-radical white Pennsylvania representative who pushed for racial equality

William Harvey Carney-African American soldier who was the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor for his services in the Civil War

Hiram Rhodes Revels-the first African American senator following the Civil War, representing Mississippi


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