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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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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.

            William Wallace Hebbard remains an unknown poet.  There is no biographical information currently available concerning Hebbard.  The two texts by this author mentioned on the title page of The Night of Freedom do not appear in bibliographic indexes.  The only other known text by Hebbard is Will It Come? A Story of Instinct, Intuition, Metaphysics, Love and Worship (Hyde Park, NY: Hildreth and Getchell, 1870).  The publisher, Samuel Chism, operated presses in Boston, Worcester, and Newton, Massachusetts from the 1840s-1860s, publishing primarily religious and educational texts.

- Joe Lockard