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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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This collection contains videos and podcasts relating to slavery and antislavery.

American Protest Literature from Tom Paine to Tupac

A series of six video lectures from Professor John Stauffer and Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, selected from their course on social protest literature taught at Harvard University. These lectures are provided free of charge for public educational purposes via the Antislavery Literature Project. Courtesy Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard University Extension School, and the Arizona State University Department of English.

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Antislavery Channel (Vimeo)

This channel on Vimeo assembles the Project's collection of videos relating to the literature, rhetoric and culture of the US antislavery movement.

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Antislavery Ensemble

A selection of hymns from Jairus Lincoln's 1843 collection, Anti-Slavery Melodies: For the Friends of Freedom, performed by Arizona State University's Antislavery Ensemble.

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Antislavery Protest Literature in 19th-Century America: Teaching the Untaught

A 2006 talk by Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy (Harvard University), at the Slavery & Antislavery Research and Teaching Workshop. From the Antislavery Literature Project, in RealMedia.

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The Bondwoman's Narrative

A 2002 podcast talk by Professor Henry Louis Gates (Harvard University) on The Bondwoman's Narrative. From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Elusive Autobiographies: Reading Slavery's Vernacular Artifacts

A 2006 talk by Professor Angelita Reyes (Arizona State University), at the Slavery & Antislavery Research and Teaching Workshop. From the Antislavery Literature Project, in Flash.

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Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

A 2005 talk on Harriet Tubman by Professor Catharine Clinton (Queen's University). From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Le Mulâtre

Performance reading in French of Victor Séjour's Le Mulâtre (1837), by Professors Markus Cruse, Chouki El Hamel, and Sylvain Gallais. Video from the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Rights of Black Americans

A November 2008 talk by Prof. Eric Foner (Columbia University) on Lincoln's concept of emancipation. From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Jacksonian Mobs and the Rise of Antislavery Poetry

A paper reading on antislavery poetry, by Professor Joe Lockard. Video from the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Memoirs of Boston King, a Black Preacher

Performance reading by Professor Neal Lester of selections from the memoirs of Boston King, a fugitive slave from South Carolina who fought in the American Revolution for the British, emigrated to Nova Scotia, and eventually became a Methodist missionary and teacher in Sierra Leone. Video from the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Music of Slavery & Antislavery: Researching and Teaching Hymnology

A 2006 talk by Professor Kay Norton (Arizona State University), at the Slavery & Antislavery Research and Teaching Workshop. From the Antislavery Literature Project, in RealMedia.

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The Natick Resolution, or, Resistance to Slaveholders the Right and Duty of Southern Slaves and Northern Freemen

Performance reading by Professor Keith Miller of a militant antislavery tract calling for violent overthrow of slavery, published by Henry Clarke Wright in Boston in 1859. Video from the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Passage on the Underground Railroad: Making and Teaching the Photography of Slavery

A 2006 talk by Professor Stephen Marc (Arizona State University), at the Slavery & Antislavery Research and Teaching Workshop. From the Antislavery Literature Project, at Vimeo.

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Prophets of Protest: Literary Abolitionism and the Aesthetics of Equality

A 2006 talk by Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy (Harvard University), at the Arizona State University English department. From the Antislavery Literature Project, at Vimeo.

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Reading the Memoirs of Boston King, A Black Preacher

Autobiographical memoir of Boston King, a fugitive slave from South Carolina who became a teacher and minister in Sierra Leone, serialized in 1798 in The Methodist Magazine. A reading performance by Prof. Neal Lester.

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Reflections on Captain Swinton's Journal of a Voyage with Coolie Emigrants

A 2008 talk by Joe Lockard on issues of witness and historical parallels between ship-board transport of 19th-century Indian emigrants and enslaved Africans. Podcast by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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Sacred-Secular Tensions in Antebellum Abolitionist Songbooks

A 2008 talk by Joe Lockard on the politics of abolitionist songbooks. Podcast by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Torch for Tomorrow: Civil Rights Protest Literature and the Historical Memory of Abolitionism

A video of an April 2008 talk by Zoe Trodd (Harvard University) on "A Torch for Tomorrow: Civil Rights Protest Literature and the Historical Memory of Abolitionism", at Arizona State University.

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Witness and Resistance Anthologies

A February 2009 podcast recording by Joe Lockard on the function of anthologies in 19th-century American antislavery literature. Podcast by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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