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Antislavery Poetry from San Francisco

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The Pacific Appeal was the leading African American newspaper on the West Coast during the early 1860s.  A newly-published set of eight antislavery poems from the journal's inaugural 1862 volume captures the sense of expectancy within the African American community for the imminent end of US slavery.  These poems include the work of James Madison Bell, a San Francisco plasterer, brickmason, and poet.  Read more... 
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A collection of juvenile antislavery literature.

The Anti-Slavery Alphabet

An alphabetary published for the 1847 Anti-Slavery Fair in Philadelphia. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Earnest Laborer; or, Myrtle Hill Plantation

A juvenile antislavery and religious novel by an anonymous author, published by the American Sunday School Union in 1864 for use in Sunday schools. Digitized and annotated by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Generous Planter, and his Carpenter, Ben

A Sunday School tract opposing slavery, by an anonymous author (Boston: Isaac Knapp, 1837). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Gospel of Slavery

An illustrated antislavery children's alphabetary in verse, by Iron Gray (New York: T.W. Strong, 1864). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Liberty Cap

An adolescent-level miscellany of antislavery reading, written and compiled by Cambridge activist Eliza Lee Follen (Boston: Leonard C. Bowles, 1846). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Little Laura, the Kentucky Abolitionist

Based on the life of Laura Bailey (1846?-1856), Little Laura, the Kentucky Abolitionist is a rare example of a funds appeal directed at children. Published in Newcastle, England in 1859. Digitized and annotated by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Martyrs, and the Fugitive; or a Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Death of an African Family and the Slavery and Escape of Their Son

Juvenile novel "published for the benefit of the fugitive" by Rev. Smith H. Platt (New York: Daniel Fanshaw, 1859). Digitized by Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina.

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The Star of Freedom

A miscellany of juvenile antislavery stories and poetry, published by an anonymous author in New York; probably from 1840s. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Step by Step; or Tidy's Way to Freedom

Juvenile religious novel by an anonymous author, concerning a girl slave's life on a plantation (American Tract Society: Boston, 1862). Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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