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

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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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