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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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John Brown of Harper's Ferry (PDF)

An 1860 tract published after the execution of John Brown, featuring correspondence between abolitionist Lydia Maria Child and proslavery Eliza Mason.

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