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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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Jacksonian Mobs and the Rise of Antislavery Poetry (Flash Video)

Antislavery poetry in the antebellum United States presents a fascinating and largely unexplored intersection between emergent concepts of civil liberties, the impetus of political events, and their interpretation through poetic imagination. This paper discusses the growth of antislavery poetry in popular journals during the 1830s, focusing especially on the martyr poetry published after the murder of abolitionist journalist Elijah Lovejoy in 1837.

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