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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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Memoirs of Boston King, a Black Preacher

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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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