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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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Reading the Memoirs (Video, Flash)

A video of an April 2008 talk by Zoe Trodd (Harvard University) on "A Torch for Tomorrow: Civil Rights Protest Literature and the Historical Memory of Abolitionism", at Arizona State University.

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