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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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Antislavery Examiner, Omnibus

Collection of essays published in 1836-38 in The Antislavery Examiner, including The Narrative of James Williams, Appeal to the Christian Women of the South, antislavery religious tracts, and other materials. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Anti-Slavery Crusade, A Chronicle of the Gathering Storm

One of the first scholarly histories of the antislavery movement, written by noted Grinnell College political scientist Jesse Macy (Yale University Press, 1919). Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Anti-Slavery History of the John Brown Year

The 27th annual report of the American Anti-Slavery Society, published in 1861 and containing an extensive history of social and political events in the final years of US slavery. Includes extensive reports on John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Fugitive Slave Law, and its Victims

A lengthy tract on the effects of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, published in 1856 by the American Anti-Slavery Society. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It

Hinton Rowan Helper's controversial examination of slavery and the American South, banned and burned after its 1857 publication (New York: Burdick Brothers). Digitized by the Documenting the American South Project, University of North Carolina.

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Isaac T. Hopper: A True Life

Biography of Underground Railroad activist Isaac Hopper, by Lydia Maria Child (Boston, 1853). Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded, Together with Corroborative Statements Verifying the Truth of the Work

Harriet Beecher Stowe's rebuttal to proslavery critics of Uncle Tom's Cabin; published in 1854. Digitized by the University of Virginia.

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Autobiography of an antislavery and women's suffrage activist Lucy Colman (Buffalo, NY: H.L. Green, 1891). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Slave Power

First collected edition of the antislavery writings and speeches of abolitionist Theodore Parker (Boston: American Unitarian Association, 1910). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Slavery and the War: A Historical Essay

Lengthy tract on the political and religious origins of the Civil War, by Rev. Henry Darling (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1863). Digitized by the Making of America project, University of Michigan.

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Some Recollections of Our Antislavery Conflict

Autobiography by Samuel May, a leading figure of the abolitionist movement (Boston: Fields, Osgood, and Co., 1869). Digitized by University of Michigan's Making of America Project.

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Views of American Slavery

An 1858 edition of Anthony Benezet's 18th-century antislavery writing, published in Philadelphia by the Association of Friends for the Diffusion of Religious and Useful Knowledge. Digitized by the Digital Quaker Collection, Earlham School of Religion.

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Writings and Speeches of Alvan Stewart, on Slavery

Collected antislavery writings of Alvan Stewart, a New York State antislavery activist; published in New York by A.B. Burdick, 1860. Digitized by Making of America Collection, University of Michigan.

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