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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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Letters on American Slavery

An 1860 tract anthologizing antislavery letters and speeches by Victor Hugo, Alexis de Toqueville, Guiseppe Mazzini and other European intellectual and political figures. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.



This small collection of European writing was published in the Anti-Slavery Tracts series of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Some of these documents from leading European figures during the years 1840-1859 derived from the correspondence of Maria Weston Chapman, a leading organizer of the Society. The tract  includes antislavery statements from French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885); political writer Alexis de Toqueville (1805-1859); French journalist Emile de Girardin (1802-1881); French parliamentarian Hippolyte Carnot (1801-1888); French finance minister and sociologist Hippolyte Passy (1793-1880); Italian political leader Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872); Russian author Nikolai Ivanovich Turgenev (1789-1871); Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859); French parliamentarian Oscar Thomas Gilbert du Motier LaFayette (1815-1881); British reform parliamentarian Edward Baines (1800-1890); and Irish leader Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847).


- Joe Lockard