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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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French Translation of Venture Smith's Narrative 1

Emma Okonkwo, under direction of Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, has translated Venture Smith's 1798 'Narration de la vie et des aventures de Venture Smith, natif d'Afrique mais néanmoins résident aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique durant plus de soixante ans, raconté par lui-même'. Its original English title was 'A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America. Related by Himself.' First published in London, this was one of the best-known late 18th-century slave narratives. ALP links here to the free online edition from Manioc, a project of Université des Antilles.

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