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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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A collection of antislavery prose fiction.

Clotelle; or, the Colored Heroine, a Tale of the Southern States, or the President's Daughter

This novel by William Wells Brown (1816-1884) is generally acknowledged as the first African American novel. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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The Curse Entailed

A vehement antislavery novel of the mid-1850s, published by Harriet Hamline Bigelow (Boston: Wentworth and Company, 1856). Digitized by the Wright American Fiction Project, Indiana University.

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Ellen, or the Chained Mother, and Pictures of Kentucky Slavery Drawn from Real Life

Sentimental and religious antislavery novel of a young woman's experience of slavery, by little-known author Mary B. Harland (Cincinnati: Applegate, 1855). Digitized by the Wright American Fiction Project, Indiana University.

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Ida May

After Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Ida May was one of the best-known and best-selling antislavery novels. Its author was Mary Hayden Green Pike (1824-1898), a novelist from Eastport, Maine, who used the pseudonym Mary Langdon. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The Martyrs, and the Fugitive; or a Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Death of an African Family, and the Slavery and Escape of Their Son

Juvenile antislavery novel by Smith H. Platt (New York: Daniel Fanshaw, 1859). Digitized by Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina.

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Our World, Or, the Slaveholder's Daughter

An 1855 antislavery novel by Francis Colburn Adams, describing plantation life and slave-trading. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

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Old Toney and His Master, or, the Abolitionist and the Land Pirate

Pseudonymous antislavery novel by 'Desmos', published in Tennesseee (Nashville: Southwestern Publishing House, 1861). Digitized by the Wright American Fiction Project at Indiana University.

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Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave

Aphra Behn's short novel (1688) about a a slave uprising in the British colony of Surinam. Digitized by Terri Palmer, the EServer, 1996.

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Pinda: A True Tale

Antislavery story based on fugitive histories, published as a tract by Maria Weston Chapman (New York, 1840). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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A Romance of the Republic

Well-known antislavery novel by Lydia Maria Child (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867). Digitized by the University of Virginia.

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The Two Altars; or, Two Pictures in One

Harriet Beecher Stowe's first antislavery story, published in her Uncle Sam's Emancipation collection (1853) and reprinted as a tract by the American Anti-Slavery Society. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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The White Slave; or, Memoirs of a Fugitive

Historian Richard Hildreth's highly-successful novelized account of his observations of slavery (Boston: Tappan and Whittemore, 1852). Digitized by the Documenting the American South Project, University of North Carolina.

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The Zombi: or the Mulatto of Murillo's Studio

A frequently reprinted and revised antislavery short story, originally published in the mid-1830s by an unknown author. One of the most popular nineteenth-century antislavery stories.

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