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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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A collection of historical travel accounts involving slavery.

An Address to the Inhabitants of Charleston, South Carolina

A brief 1805 tract by an English Quaker, Ann Alexander, following a visit to US southern states. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Great Auction Sale of Slaves at Savannah, Georgia

An 1859 tract from the American Anti-Slavery Society reprinting a report of Mortimer Neal Thompson, a New York journalist, of a Georgia slave auction. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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An Inside View of Slavery: Or a Tour Among the Planters

Tour narrative of Southern slavery, by Charles Grandison Parsons (Boston: John P. Jewett and Co., 1855), with introduction by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Digitized by Making of America, University of Michigan.

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A Ride Through Kanzas

An 1856 travel narrative by abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, detailing his tour among antislavery immigrants to Kansas. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Some Historical Account of Guinea, Its Situation, Produce, and the General Disposition of Its Inhabitants

A 1771 travel account of African slavery by Quaker abolitionist Anthony Benezet (1713-1784). Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships, Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles of the Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom, As Related by Themselves and Others, or Witnessed by the Author

William Still managed the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia from the mid-1840s until the Civil War. This is the major account of fugitive travels out of slavery. Electronic edition includes all of the original illustrations. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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