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Antislavery Poetry from San Francisco

Running man image from workshop poster

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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Prose Fiction on Antislavery, Art, and Zombies

Publication of historic antislavery short fiction.

The Project has published "The Zombi: or the Mulatto of Murillo's Studio" (1862).  This short story by an unknown author is one of the most frequently-reprinted works of antislavery fiction, originally dating from the mid-1830s.  This publication is part of a larger undertaking to analyze the story and its publication history.