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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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The Blind African Slave, Or Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace

A narrative published in 1810 on the life of Jeffrey Brace, born in Mali, transported as a slave to Barbados and New England, and residing in Vermont. Digitized by Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina. Teaching guide created by the Antislavery Literature Project.

 

Text (Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina)

 

Background Information

www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-10-06-1961229833_x.htm

'Vermont Town to Honor Former Slave's Life,' USA Today, October 6, 2008.

www.sevendaysvt.com/features/2005/takenabackinvermo.html

'Taken Aback in Vermont,' book review in Seven Days (VT), July 6, 2005.

www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/2584.htm

University of Wisconsin Press webpage for the 2004 edition of The Blind African Slave, edited by Kari Winter.