Throughout the mid to late nineteenth century, Henry Bibb and Mary Ann Shadd were known to be highly accomplished and recognized abolitionists. Both Shadd and Bibb worked in the Detroit-Windsor region and resided in Windsor-Essex for a number of years. As a part of their efforts, Shadd and Bibb were editors of their own newspapers targeted towards educating fugitive slaves, Bibb’s being The Voice of the Fugitive and Shadd’s being The Provincial Freeman. The abolitionists often worked together but also had a fair share of differences. There has been research that discusses the works of Shadd and Bibb, and the differences they demonstrated through their efforts, but little attention is paid to how these differences are influenced by intersectionality and their own upbringings. This essay will use the individual lives and identities of Shadd and Bibb to observe the varying opinions and views as expressed in their newspapers. These conclusions will help determine how their identities influenced who may have been supportive of their views.

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