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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 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.


This broadside most likely was published to accompany a public meeting.  It was later collected in John Pierpont's Antislavery Poems (1845).  For further on Pierpont, see his Anti-Slavery Poems.   For further on the Congressional petition debates, see Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress, William Lee Miller (Knopf, 1996). 

- Joe Lockard