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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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A collection of antislavery poetry. The work included here is primarily popular poetry from the early-to-mid nineteenth century.

Address Read at the Opening of Pennsylvania Hall

Tract with a dedication poem by John Greenleaf Whittier for the May 1838 opening of Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia; the hall was burned down the same weekend by an anti-abolitionist mob. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Anti-Slavery Harp; A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings

Collection of antislavery songs, compiled by William Wells Brown (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1848). Digitized by the University of Virginia.

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Anti-Slavery Poems

Collection of poems by leading antebellum antislavery poet John Pierpont (Boston: Oliver Johnson, 1843). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Anti-Slavery Poems: Songs of Labor and Reform

John Greenleaf Whittier's canon of antislavery poetry, in a reprint of the original 1850 edition (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1888). Digitized by the American Verse Project, University of Michigan.

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Christmas, and Poems on Slavery for Christmas, 1843

A set of Christmas and antislavery poems published by Thomas Hill (1818-1891) for the Boston antislavery fair. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Poems

An 1883 volume of mixed evangelical and antislavery poems, by African American abolitionist Alfred Gibbs Campbell. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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George Russell Commonplace Book

A scrapbook of antislavery poetry collected by George Russell from the Massachusetts Abolitionist during 1839-40. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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John Brown Poetry

A collection of poetry related to John Brown, from 1859-1922. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Longfellow and Whittier on Slavery

An undated 1840s British tract featuring antislavery poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Greenleaf Whittier. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Nebraska

An epic poem on slavery and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854; published anonymously but attributable to journalist-poet George Washington Bungay (Boston: John P. Jewett and Co., 1854). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Night of Freedom

Topical political long poem against slavery, written by William Wallace Hebbard (Boston: Samuel Chism, 1857). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Pacific Appeal Antislavery Poetry [1862]

Antislavery poetry published in the 1862 inaugural volume of The Pacific Appeal, an African American newspaper in San Francisco. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Poetical Epistle to the Enslaved Africans

Historical long poem by Joseph Samson (Philadelphia: Joseph Crukshank, 1790). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Social Conflict of Ages; A Rhyme for the Time

A popular political long poem published by 'the carriers of the Salem Gazette,' on New Years Day, 1857. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Slave Mother

A long poem on a fugitive slave-mother by John Collins, published for the 1855 Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Fair in Philadelphia. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Slavery - A Poem

A long poem published as an antislavery tract by an anonymous author (Concord, NH, 1856). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Slaveholders Rebellion

An antislavery long poem published at the conclusion of the Civil War by David Plumb. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Sunlight Upon the Landscape and Other Poems

This collection of antislavery poetry, published in 1853 by a pseudonymous 'Daughter of Kentucky,' is probably attributable to Mattie Griffith Browne (1825?-1906). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Tocsin

Broadside containing a poem by John Pierpont; probably published prior to 1843. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Underground Railroad

A single-page broadsheet poem on the Underground Railroad by Cecilia Devere (1836-1912), a Shaker community member in New Lebanon, New York. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Thoughts on Slavery. A Poem.

A long poem on slavery by Lewis Stevens (Pulaski, NY, 1854). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Voices from Slavery

Long poem published by an anonymous author in 1848 in the Leeds Anti-Slavery Tract series. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Word from a Petitioner to Congress

An 1837 broadsheet poem by John Pierpont, published during US congressional debates over antislavery petitions. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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