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American antislavery writings : colonial beginnings to emancipation

Author: James G Basker
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2012]
Series: Library of America, 233.
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"Published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this anthology charts America's long, heroic confrontation with its most poisonous evil."--Publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James G Basker
ISBN: 9781598531961 1598531964
OCLC Number: 775418798
Description: xli, 963 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Resolution of Germantown Mennonites / Gerret Hendricks, Derick op de Graeff, Francis Daniell Pastorius, and Abraham op den Graef --
Exhortation & caution to friends concerning buying or keeping of negroes / George Keith --
Selling of Joseph: a memorial / Samuel Sewall --
from The American defence of the Christian golden rule, or an essay to prove the unlawfulness of making slaves of men / John Hepburn --
from A testimony against the anti-Christian practice of making slaves of men / Elihu Coleman --
from All slave-keepers that keep the innocent in bondage / Benjamin Lay --
from The journal, 1755; 1758 / John Woolman --
from Observations on the in slaving, importing and purchasing of Negroes / Anthony Benezet --
Letter to the Virginia Gazette, March 19, 1767 / Arthur Lee --
Conservation on slavery / Benjamin Franklin --
Correspondent, No 8 / John Trumbull --
Ethiopians shall stretch out their hands to God, or a call to the Ethiopians / Jane Dunlap --
from A mite cast into the treasury; or, observations on slave-keeping / David Cooper --
Letter to John Alsop, January 13, 1773 / Patrick Henry --
To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, his majesty's principal secretary of state for North-America, & c --
Letter to the Rev Samson Occom, February 11, 1774 / Phillis Wheatley --
from The reigning abominations, especially the slave trade, considered as causes of lamentation / Elhanan Winchester --
Letter to the Pennsylvania Journal, March 8, 1775 / Thomas Paine --
from Liberty further extended: or free thoughts on the illegality of slave-keeping / Lemuel Haynes --
from A dialogue, concerning the slavery of the Africans / Samuel Hopkins --
from The prospect of peace --
from The Columbiad / Joel Barlow --
Observations on slavery --
from Short observations on slavery / Anthony Benezet --
from A dialogue, in titled, The kind master and the dutiful servant / Jupiter Hammon --
Shandyism / Anonymous --
Letter to Robert Morris, April 12, 1786 --
from Last will and testament / George Washington --
Paradise of Negro-slaves-a dream / Benjamin Rush --
Essay on Negro slavery, No I / Anonymous --
Help! oh, help! thou God of Christians! / Theodore Dwight --
Petition of a great number of blacks, Freemen of this commonwealth / Prince Hall --
from The Inquisitor; or, Invisible Rambler / Susanna Rowson --
from The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, written by himself / Olaudah Equiano. Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim on the slave trade / Benjamin Franklin --
from A poetical epistle to the enslaved Africans, in the character of an ancient negro, born a slave in Pennsylvania / Joseph Sansom --
from Copy of a letter from Benjamin Banneker to the Secretary of State / Benjamin Banneker --
from The injustice and impolicy of the slave trade, and of the slavery of the Africans / Jonathan Edwards --
Petition and address of the Connecticut Society, for the promotion of freedom / Ezra Stiles et al --
Memorial of the Virginia Society, for promoting the abolition of slavery / Robert Pleasants et al --
Wretched Taillah: an African story / Anonymous --
African chief / Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton --
from Effects of slavery on morals and industry / Noah Webster --
from Greenfield Hill --
from Triumph of democracy --
from The charitable blessed / Timothy Dwight --
On the migration to America, and peopling the western country --
Virginia: a fragment / Philip Freneau --
from A poem on industry addressed to the citizens of the United States of America --
from A valedictory discourse / David Humphreys --
from The compass / Charles Pinckney Sumner --
from Reflections on the slavery of the negroes, addressed to the conscience of every American citizen / Anonymous --
from A dissertation on slavery: with a proposal for the gradual abolition of it, in the State of Virginia / St George Tucker --
from The American in Algiers, or the patriot of seventy-six in captivity / Anonymous --
from Memoirs of the life of Boston King, a black preacher / Boston King --
African slave ["Ye sons of Columbia"] / Anonymous --
from The penitential tyrant; or, Slave trader reformed / Thomas Branagan --
On slavery / Isabella Oliver --
from A Thanksgiving sermon / Absalom Jones --
African slave ["Shall the muse that's wont to wander"] / Anonymous --
Hymn I / Peter Williams Jr --
from The blind African slave, or memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, nick-named Jeffrey Brace / Boyrereau Brinch --
Hymn II / William Hamilton --
from An oration delivered at the fourth anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade / Adam Carman --
from Poor Peter's call to his children, and to all others who can hear and believe / Peter Clemmons Sr --
from Letters from a man of colour on a late bill before the Senate of Pennsylvania / James Forten --
from The book and slavery irreconcilable / George Bourne --
from A memoir presented to the American convention for promoting the abolition of slavery, and improving the condition of the African race / Prince Saunders --
Letter to Elias Boudinot, Esq, November 17, 1819 / John Jay. from Observations of Rufus King, on the Missouri Bill / Rufus King --
Christian slave / Anonymous --
from An oration on the abolition of the slave trade / Jeremiah Gloucester --
from Africa / Ann Evans --
African chief / William Cullen Bryant --
Slave-ship --
Enfranchisement --
Tea-table talk --
Think of our country's glory / Elizabeth Margaret Chandler --
To the first slave ship --
Slavery: written for the celebration of the Fourth of July / Lydia Sigourney --
On liberty and slavery --
Slave's complaint / George Moses Horton --
from Life and adventures of Robert Voorhis, the hermit of Massachusetts / Robert Voorhis --
from Walker's appeal in four articles; together with a preamble, to the coloured citizens of the world / David Walker --
African women / Anonymous --
To the public --
Universal emancipation --
Truisms --
Song of the abolitionist / William Lloyd Garrison --
To William Lloyd Garrison --
Hunters of men --
Yankee girl --
Clerical oppressors --
Slave ships --
Branded hand / John Greenleaf Whittier --
Dream --
Another dream / Anonymous --
Family circle-No 8 / Anonymous --
Jumbo and Zairee --
Slavery's pleasant homes / Lydia Maria Francis Child --
from Slavery / William Ellery Channing --
from Slavery in the United States: a narrative of the life and adventures of Charles Ball, a black man / Charles Ball --
To the slaveholders of the south --
from The sinfulness of slaveholding in all circumstances; tested by reason and scripture / James Gillespie Birney --
from An address delivered before the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia / James Forten --
from An epistle to the clergy of the southern states narrative and testimony of Sarah M Grimke / Sarah Moore Grimke --
from An appeal to the women of the nominally free states / Angelina Emily Grimke --
Word from a petitioner, to congress --
Tocsin --
Plymouth rock --
I would not live always / John Pierpont --
from A narrative of the adventures and escape of Moses Roper, from American slavery / Moses Roper --
from Narrative of James Williams: an American slave: who was for several years a driver on a cotton plantation in Alabama / James Williams --
Mother Coelia / Edmund Quincy --
from Letter of Gerrit Smith to Hon Henry Clay / Gerrit Smith --
from American slavery as it is: testimony of a thousand witnesses / Theodore Dwight Weld --
Pinda:-a true tale / Maria Weston Chapman --
Lonely hearted / Harriet Winslow --
from Argument of John Quincy Adams, before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of the United States, appellants, vs Cinque, and others, Africans, captured in the Schooner Amistad / John Quincy Adams --
Dialogue on slavery / Daniel Henshaw --
from The narrative of Lunsford Lane, formerly of Raleigh, N C / Lunsford Lane --
Slave's dream --
Slave in the dismal swamp --
Slave singing at midnight --
Quadroon girl --
Witnesses / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --
Duty and safety of emancipation / John Neal --
Arouse, New-England's sons / M L Gardner --
Address to the slaves of the United States of America / Henry Highland Garnet --
Hymn 17 / Jairus Lincoln --
Am I not a sister? / Anonymous. Blind slave boy / Margaret Lucy Shands Bailey --
March to the battlefield / George W Clark --
Slave boy's wish --
Pic-nic at Dedham / Eliza Lee Follen --
Fugitive slave to the Christian / Elizur Wright Jr --
Anniversary of West Indian emancipation / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
Rallying cry for New England, against the annexation of Texas / James Russell Lowell --
from Narratives of the sufferings of Lewis and Milton Clarke / Lewis Garrard Clarke --
Anti-slavery alphabet / Hannah Townsend and Mary Townsend --
from A discourse delivered at the Plymouth church, Brooklyn, NY upon Thanksgiving Day / Henry Ward Beecher --
from A lecture delivered before the female anti-slavery society of Salem --
from Narrative of William W Brown, a fugitive slave, written by himself --
American slave-trade --
from Clotel; or, the president's daughter --
from The escape; or, a leap for freedom / William Wells Brown --
Sketch from Maryland life / Caroline W Healey Dall --
Childless mother / Joseph Evans Snodgrass --
from The young abolitionists; or, conversations on slavery / Jane Elizabeth Hitchcock Jones --
from The narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave, written by himself / Henry Bibb --
from Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, written by himself / Henry "Box" Brown --
from The life of Josiah Henson, formerly a slave, now an inhabitant of Canada / Josiah Henson --
from A sermon to the medical students / Lucretia Mott --
Compromise / James Russell Lowell --
from Speech of Horace Mann of Massachusetts, on the subject of slavery in the territories, and the consequences of a dissolution of the union --
from Speech on the fugitive slave law / Horace Mann --
from The narrative of Sojourner Truth; a northern slave, emancipated from bodily servitude by the State of New York, in 1828 / Sojourner Truth --
from The great apostate / William Lloyd Garrison --
Impromptu stanzas, suggested by the working of the Fugitive Slave Act, as illustrated in the case of Rev Doctor Pennington / J M Eells --
from Uncle Tom's cabin --
Caste and Christ --
Sale of Little Harry --
Eliza crossing the river --
Legree striking Tom --
Two altars; or, Two pictures in one / Harriet Beecher Stowe --
from Uncle Tom's cabin; or, Life among the lowly, a domestic drama / George L Aiken --
What to the slave is the 4th of July? --
from The heroic slave / Frederick Douglass --
from Speech of Wendell Phillips at the Melodeon / Wendell Phillips --
from Ellen, or The chained mother / Mary B Harlan --
from Twelve years a slave, narrative of Solomon Northup / Solomon Northup --
Passages in the life of a slave woman / Annie Parker --
Ode / John Pierpont --
Be up and doing / William H Seward --
Domestic slave trade / Horace Greeley --
from Massachusetts in mourning / Thomas Wentworth Higginson --
from Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois / Abraham Lincoln --
from Ida May: a story of things actual and possible / Mary Hayden Green Pike --
Slavery in Massachusetts / Henry David Thoreau --
Lecture on slavery / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
from Benito Cereno / Herman Melville --
from Introduction to Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom / James McCune Smith --
from The refugee: or the narratives of fugitive slaves in Canada / Lydia Adams. from The refugee: or the narratives of fugitive slaves in Canada / Harry Thomas --
from The refugee: or the narratives of slaves in Canada / Harriet Tubman --
from Autobiography of a female slave / Martha Griffith Browne --
from The quadroon; or, a lover's adventures in Louisiana / Thomas Mayne Reid --
from The crime against Kansas / Charles Sumner --
from Neighbor Jackwood / John T Trowbridge --
from The curse entailed / Harriet Hamline Bigelow --
from Twenty-two years a slave, and forty years a freeman / Austin Steward --
Lucy; or, The slave girl of Kentucky / Anonymous --
from the Rev J W Loguen, as a slave and as a freeman: a narrative of real life / Jermain Wesley Loguen --
Speech to the court --
Letter to Mrs George L Stearns, November 29, 1859 / John Brown --
Speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
With a rose, that bloomed on the day of John Brown's martyrdom --
Hour / Louisa May Alcott --
Slave's appeal / Elizabeth Cady Stanton --
from The barbarism of slavery / Charles Sumner --
Mannahatta / Walt Whitman --
Battle hymn of the Republic / Julia Ward Howe --
from Incidents in the life of a slave girl / Harriet Ann Jacobs --
from Blake: or the huts of America / Martin R Delany --
Prayer of twenty millions / Horace Greeley --
Emancipation Proclamation / Abraham Lincoln --
No greater joy than to see these children walking in the anti-slavery path / Lucretia Mott --
Color-caste-denomination / Emily Dickinson --
from Cudjo's cave / John T Trowbridge --
Laus Deo / John Greenleaf Whittier --
from A memorial discourse / Henry Highland Garnet --
Second inaugural address / Abraham Lincoln --
Death of Lincoln / William Cullen Bryant --
from Eulogy on Abraham Lincoln / Charles Sumner --
Thirteenth Amendment to the U S Constitution / Lyman Trumbull et al --
Chronology --
Note on the illustrations --
Note on the texts --
Notes --
Series Title: Library of America, 233.
Other Titles: American anti-slavery writings
Responsibility: James G. Basker, editor.


"Published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this anthology charts America's long, heroic confrontation with its most poisonous evil."--Publisher description.
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