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A savage anti-slavery cartoon

David Claypoole Johnston (1797?-1865) was an multi-talented artist specializing in caricature and satire. Born and trained in Philadelphia, he moved to Boston in the 1820s and produced lithographs for the Pendletons before transitioning to self-publication. He is best known for his Scraps, a series of quarto pamphlets published in the 1830s-40s, each containing several plates […]

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A unique surviving record of the Roanoke Freedmen’s Colony

A unique surviving census of approximately two thirds of the African-American population residing in the Roanoke Freedmen’s Colony in 1864, giving much demographic detail on each individual recorded. Roanoke Island lies off the coast of North Carolina, between the mainland and the Outer Banks. Fortified by the Confederates at the beginning of the war, it […]

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Negroes Farewell : Revolution-era sheet music written in the voice of a freed slave

A remarkable and extraordinarily rare broadside simultaneously commemorating and mocking the experience of African-American freedmen during the Revolutionary era. Background During the run-up to the American Revolution it was not lost on British Tories that many leading Patriots advocated “liberty” while adamantly defending their right to own slaves (Perhaps the most memorable phrase in this […]

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Slave Market of America abolition broadside

Powerful abolition broadside

A remarkable illustrated broadside highlighting the hypocrisy of the Washington, D.C. slave trade, published during a campaign for abolition in the national capital. The broadside features eight scenes of slaving activity in the national capital plus a small map showing the relative positions of the U.S. Capitol and the Public Prison.  The images are complemented […]

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1825 map of the Impolicy of Slaverey

Rare map detailing the “ Impolicy of Slavery ”

A rare persuasive map setting out an economic argument against slavery in the British Empire. This simple map depicts the world on the Mercator projection, with land masses between 30 degrees north and south latitude in wash color. PJ Mode provides some background about map maker James Cropper and explains that the apparently simplicity conceals […]

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Marshall Hall, M.D., F.R.S., THE TWO-FOLD SLAVERY OF THE UNITED STATES; WITH A PROJECT OF SELF-EMANCIPATION.

Rare anti-slavery polemic from 1854, with two unusual persuasive maps

A fascinating and very hard-to-find anti-slavery polemic from 1854, with two most unusual persuasive maps. In this unusual work Marshall Hall (1790-1857), an English physician who had undertaken at 15-month journey in America, argues that for demographic, economic, moral reasons the emancipation of slaves is a necessity rather than a choice. This imperative is complicated, […]

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[James M. Smythe, ed?] Fugitive Slave Law! ITS ABORTION AND FAILURE! Nullified in Law-abiding Massachusetts, and threatened with REPEAL throughout the Northern States. [Augusta, Georgia: The Republic, 1850?]

Unrecorded Georgia broadsheet attacking Northern resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law

A remarkable, unrecorded broadsheet published in Georgia, likely in 1850, consisting of editorial commentary incorporating over forty excerpts from Northern sources exemplifying widespread, “unlawful” resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law. The broadsheet bears no imprint but based on external evidence we tentatively attribute it to the Augusta, Georgia Republic (The only other trace of this […]

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NATIONAL POLITICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES. New York: A[dolphus] Ranney, / Chicago: Rufus Blanchard, [July-October, 1856.]

National Political Map documenting the high-stakes Election of 1856

A rare persuasive map issued during the 1856 presidential campaign, suggesting the threat posed by the extension of slavery into the West after the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act established two new territories and repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had hitherto prohibited slavery in the Louisiana Purchase north of 36° 30’. Instead, […]

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