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.
This poem represents a sub-genre of nineteenth-century American poetry written and printed by or in behalf of newspaper apprentices and carriers. They were published primarily for New Years Day and in broadsheet or loosebound editions. The purpose of publishing these poems was to solicit holiday tips and contributions from newspaper subscribers in order to complement the low wages of these workers. This sub-genre frequently addressed current political topics, usually from the perspective of the newspaper’s editorial policy.
The Salem Gazette (1790-1908) was established byThomas Croade Cushing (1764-1824). Although born in
This 1857 long poem reviews and opposes the extension of slavery in
— Joe Lockard