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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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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Electronic Teaching Edition of Douglass' 1845 classic narrative, with links to online resources; created by the Antislavery Literature Project (2005).


Other Douglass Texts Available Online


Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom. Part I. Life as a Slave. Part II. Life as a Freeman.  New York: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1855.  Digitized by Documenting the American South.


---, “The Meaning of July Fourth to the Negro,” (1852).  Digitized by PBS.


----, “An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage,” (January 1867).  Digitized by the University of Oklahoma Law Center.