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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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Religious antislavery works and sermons.

Address to Christians of All Denominations on the Inconsistency of Admitting Slave-Holders to Communion and Church Membership

Prize contest essay published in 1831 by the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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All Slave-Keepers That Keep the Innocent in Bondage, Apostates

One of the earliest North American antislavery works, published by Benjamin Lay in 1737 in Philadelphia. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Blessings of Abolition

An 1860 sermon by Philadelphia minister and antislavery speaker William Henry Furness (Philadelphia: C. Sherman and Sons). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Appeal to the Christian Women of the South

A leading early US antislavery appeal from Angelina Grimke. Digitized by University of Virginia.

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The Bible Vindicated from the Charge of Sustaining Slavery

A religious tract of biblical disputation published in Columbus, Ohio, in 1837 by Goodsell Buckingham, a local Methodist antislavery lecturer. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Duty of Disobedience to Wicked Laws. A Sermon on the Fugitive Slave Law.

An 1851 sermon by Charles Beecher, delivered in Newark, New Jersey, opposing the Fugitive Slave Law. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Color-Caste

A tract arguing against post-emancipation segregation in the Methodist Church, by Rev. Thomas Pearne, a leading church figure (Dayton, Ohio: n.p., 1876). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Civil Liberty: A Sermon

An antislavery sermon preached by Noah Porter in Farmington, Connecticut on July 13, 1856. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Discourse Delivered before Theodore Parker's Society, at the Music Hall, Boston, Sunday, March 11, 1860

Prior to the Civil War, antislavery clergyman William Henry Furness advocated for pacificism in this 1860 sermon. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Discourse, Delivered at the African Meeting-House

An 1808 sermon delivered by Jedidiah Morse commemorating the abolition of the slave trade (Boston: Lincoln and Edmands). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Effect of Slavery on the American People

An 1858 antislavery July 4th sermon by Theodore Parker. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States

A famous public letter against slavery, published in 1836 and addressed to clergy in the slave states by Sarah Grimké. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Fire and Hammer of God's Word Against the Sin of Slavery

An 1858 speech to the American Abolition Society by famed abolitionist clergyman George Barrell Cheever. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Iniquity, a sermon in the First Church, Dorchester, on Sunday, December 11, 1859

Antislavery sermon by African American minister Nathaniel Hall, 1859. Digitized by the Digital Library Program, Library of Congress.

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An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade

A New Year's sermon given by George Lawrence in New York City in 1813, on the fifth anniversary of the banning of slave importation into the United States (New York, 1813). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Massachusetts in Mourning

An 1854 sermon by abolitionist figure Thomas Wentworth Higginson, following the rendition of fugitive slave Anthony Burns. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Narrative of the Anti-Slavery Experience of a Minister in the Methodist E. Church, Who Was Twice Rejected by the Philadelphia Annual Conference, and Finally Deprived of a License to Preach for Being an Abolitionist

An 1845 autobiographical narrative by Lucius Matlack, a leading figure of American Methodism, concerning his experience as a religious abolitionist. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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An Oration, Delivered on January 1, 1823 in Bethel Church: On the Abolition of Slave Trade

An 1823 sermon delivered by Jeremiah Gloucester, an African American minister, against slave-trafficking and slavery. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade

A speech by Russell Parrott at the African Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, on January 1, 1812, commemorating the legal abolition of slave trafficking. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Sermon on the Abolition of the Slave Trade

An 1810 New Year's Day sermon against slavery, delivered by William Miller at the African Church in New York City. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Sermon to the Medical Students

An 1849 moral reform sermon in Philadelphia by Lucretia Mott, with antislavery content. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Slaves Bought and Sold

An anonymous religious antislavery tract published in Buffalo, New York during the 1840s. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Teaching of the Spirit, Exemplified in the History of Two Slaves

Post-war anti-slavery tract, published by the Society of Friends (Philadelphia: Tract Association of Friends, 1870). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Thanksgiving Sermon

Annotated edition of a January 1, 1808 sermon by Absalom Jones, of the St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, commemorating the end of legal importation of slaves into the United States. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Tract for the Times, on the Question, Is It Right to Withhold Fellowship from Churches or from Individuals that Tolerate or Practise Slavery?

An 1859 sermon by Congregationalist minister and antislavery activist Henry T. Cheever arguing for separation from pro-slavery churches. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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