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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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Thoreau Transforms His Journal into "Slavery in Massachusetts"

When he decided to speak in Framingham, Thoreau began to put together a speech culled from his 1854 Journal commentary about Anthony Burns and earlier journal entries in April 1851 regarding fugitive slave Thomas Sims. Article by Sandra Harbert Petrulionis; from the EServer "Thoreau Reader" Collection.

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