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The life and dying speech of Arthur, a negro man who was executed at Worcester, October 20th 1768. For a rape committed on the body of one Deborah Metcalfe. Boston: Printed and sold in Milk-Street 1768.

The life and dying speech of Arthur, a negro man who was executed at W...

Positive Photostat.; Title. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 36, Folder 26.

An address to the public, from the Pennsylvania Society for promoting the abolition of slavery, and the relief of free negroes, unlawfully held in bondage ... Signed by order of the Society, B. Franklin, President. Philadelphia, 9th of November,

An address to the public, from the Pennsylvania Society for promoting ...

Title.; Imprint 2.; Franklin, B.; Not in Evans. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 14... More

Letter, Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker expressing his belief that blacks possess talents equal to those of "other colours of men," 30 August 1791

Letter, Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker expressing his belief th...

Reproduction number: A54 (color slide); LC-MSS-27748-21 (B&W negative) While serving as secretary of state, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), one of Virginia's largest planters and slaveholders, wrote this 30 Augus... More

The progress of freedom. On the 6th of April St. Louis elected a mayor, "unrequivocally in favor of the President's policy proclamation, arming of negroes, and all." and the next morning the Missouri Democrat joyfully declared that "St. Louis is

The progress of freedom. On the 6th of April St. Louis elected a mayor...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 71, Folder 23.

Henry Clay's bulbous panteloons sic or where the coffee went to

Henry Clay's bulbous panteloons sic or where the coffee went to

Drawing shows an Anglo-African (or African American) cabin boy named "Henry Clay" on board a ship; he has been caught by another sailor with a stash of stolen coffee that he has hidden in pantaloons. Title from... More

Home incidents, accidents, &c. The colored voter ; Pursuit of a breakfast under difficulties ; Nearest the fire ; Gypsies in Texas ; A floating grocer's raft ; Accident to a danseuse ; Accident on an inclined railway ; A sagacious dog ; Oiling a ventriloquist ; Explosion at the Wisconsin paper mill, Milwaukie ; A business proposal ; A sad story

Home incidents, accidents, &c. The colored voter ; Pursuit of a breakf...

Illustrations that accompany twelve stories of mishaps and curiosities including an African American Union soldier wrongly denied the right to vote, a Romani woman earning money telling fortunes, an explosion a... More

Life in Philadelphia. At home drawn on stone by H. Harrison

Life in Philadelphia. At home drawn on stone by H. Harrison

Title inscribed in ink. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Harrison. Exchange; (DLC/PP-1973:254).

[Iron mask, collar, leg shackles and spurs used to restrict slaves]

[Iron mask, collar, leg shackles and spurs used to restrict slaves]

Illus. in: The penitential tyrant / Thomas Branagan. New-York: Printed by Samuel Wood, no. 362, Pearl-street, 1807. Reference copy in: LOT 4422-A-3.

This plate is respectfully dedicated to all the butchers in the United States by their obt. Sert. Chrr. Wispart. in honour of our Republican Governor Simon Snyder

This plate is respectfully dedicated to all the butchers in the United...

A procession of butchers led by two Negro fiddlers, and featuring a large bull. On the ground before the bull are a cleaver, saw, and other butcher tools. The print is dedicated to Pennsylvania's recently elec... More

Reply to bobalition of slavery

Reply to bobalition of slavery

One of several racist parodies of black American illiteracy, dialect, and manners issued in Boston at various times between 1819 and 1832. Others in the series are "Grand Bobalition or Great Annibersary Fussibl... More

Grand bobalition, or "Great anniversary fussible"

Grand bobalition, or "Great anniversary fussible"

Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) The illustration shows a black militia troop marching from left to right. The ... More

[Town plan for Mesurado, Liberia]

[Town plan for Mesurado, Liberia]

American Colonization Society Papers. Published in: The African-American mosaic, a Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture / Debra Newman Ham, ed. Washington, D.C. : Librar... More

Title page of a pamphlet: A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in the United States, without Danger or Loss to the Citizens of the South (Baltimore: Benj. Lundy, 1825)

Title page of a pamphlet: A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery ...

Illus. in: A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in the United States, without Danger or Loss to the Citizens of the South (Baltimore: Benj. Lundy, 1825), title page. Reference copy may be in LCQJ, Spring... More

Grand celebrashun ob de bobalition ob African slaver!!!

Grand celebrashun ob de bobalition ob African slaver!!!

Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) This one is facetiously dated "Uly 14, 1825, 6 month and little more beside," ... More

Land, negroes, stock, &c. for sale ... W. H. Barksdale, Haw-Branch, Amelia, Nov. 6, 1827.

Land, negroes, stock, &c. for sale ... W. H. Barksdale, Haw-Branch, Am...

Auction.; Imprint 2.; On verso: 135.47 Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 186, Folder 6.

Dreadful Riot on Negro Hill!

Dreadful Riot on Negro Hill!

Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides, parodying black manners, illiteracy, and dialect. (See no. 1819-2.) The text describes, in the words of a "letter from Phillis to her sister in the country," a ... More

A monday morning view of Friends meeting house and academy, Philada. forty years ago drawn on stone by W.L. Breton, Philada. 1829 ; Kennedy & Lucas' lithography

A monday morning view of Friends meeting house and academy, Philada. f...

Print shows many Quakers and others walking along the sidewalk in front of the Friends' Meeting House and Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; also shows two African American children with a large pig on the ... More

Report of the Committee on Colonization, March 1829

Report of the Committee on Colonization, March 1829

This report, written by Amos A. Phelps, discusses the practicability of colonization, the argument for colonization, and why colonization is an inadequate remedy for the problem. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Monthly concert reports by Amos Augustus Phelps, Nov 2nd [1829?]

Monthly concert reports by Amos Augustus Phelps, Nov 2nd [1829?]

This manuscript, written by Amos A. Phelps, contains notes from a meeting in New York about the activities of the American Colonization Society, and notes from another meeting in Philadelphia about a vessel sen... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 C

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 11 C

Print shows an African American woman, wearing a very large hat, in a shop trying to purchase a pair of stockings. Title from item. Plate XI. Caption: "Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings, young man?" ... More

Facts relative to Africa slave trade - colonization

Facts relative to Africa slave trade - colonization

This item contains notes by Amos A. Phelps on the American Colonization Society, and on the arguments often made in support of colonization. Phelps’s note also contains a list of books on the subject. A clippin... More

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Print shows an African American couple walking on the street; the woman asks the man whether he likes the waltz. Exchange; (DLC/PP-1973:253). Title from item. Caption: "How you like de waltz, Mr. Lorenzo?" "'... More

Boston minstrels. The celebrated Ethiopian melodies ...

Boston minstrels. The celebrated Ethiopian melodies ...

Music cover illustrated with caricatures of six minstrels in two scenes.

The aristocracy of color

The aristocracy of color

Signed in stone: J. Cn. Title appears as it is written on the item. Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Life in Philadelphia. How you like de new fashiom shirt, Miss Florinda? lith. of Imbert

Life in Philadelphia. How you like de new fashiom shirt, Miss Florinda...

Print shows a garishly dressed African American man talking with a garishly dressed African American woman in a parlor. Title from item. Caption continues: I tink dey mighty elegum I see you on new year day wh... More

The crow quadrilles--Arranged for the pianoforte by Robt. Ashley, Esq. / lith. of Endicott.

The crow quadrilles--Arranged for the pianoforte by Robt. Ashley, Esq....

Music cover with seven vignettes of caricatures of African-Americans.

Soloque. Emperor of Hayti, creating a grand duke

Soloque. Emperor of Hayti, creating a grand duke

Published & for sale by J.L. Magee, no. 34 Mott St, NY. Title appears as it is written on the item. Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Like master like man / E.W. Clay del.

Like master like man / E.W. Clay del.

Print shows two African American men, with their seconds, about to fight a duel with pistols at close range.

United States slave trade, 1830

United States slave trade, 1830

An abolitionist print possibly engraved in 1830, but undocumented aside from the letterpress text which appears on an accompanying sheet. The text reads: "United States' slave trade, 1830. The Copper Plate from... More

Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 Sept[ember] 29th

Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William...

In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, Simeon S. Jocelyn declares that "Sweet Reliance now on God - holy fortitude and .. patient zeal must characterize our step in this majestic and glorious cause." He then... More

Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 Sept[ember] 20th

Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William...

Simeon S. Jocelyn writes to William Lloyd Garrison mentioning the "disgraceful doings of our city" and the need to educate the public about "the necessity of improvement of the free colored people". He tells Ga... More

Letter from Samuel Joseph, Brooklyn, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 Mar[ch] 26

Letter from Samuel Joseph, Brooklyn, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd G...

In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, Samuel Joseph May praises Garrison's "fearless, self-devoted spirit" in the antislavery cause and confesses that Garrison's "arguments and facts fully convinced my unde... More

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 March 21st

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William L...

In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, James Forten sends him "two numbers of the Pennsylvania Inquirer, containing some strictures on the repeal of the Marriage Law in Massachusetts." He criticizes the auth... More

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 March 21st

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William L...

In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, James Forten sends him "two numbers of the Pennsylvania Inquirer, containing some strictures on the repeal of the Marriage Law in Massachusetts." He criticizes the auth... More

Letter from Arthur Tappan, New York, [New York], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 Oct[ober] 18

Letter from Arthur Tappan, New York, [New York], to William Lloyd Garr...

In this typed copy of a letter to William Lloyd Garrison, Arthur Tappan acknowledges the receipt of Garrison's last letter and says that Garrison's explanation about copies of the Liberator appearing in Charles... More

Letter from James Forten, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 Oct[ober] 20

Letter from James Forten, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to William Llo...

James Forten writes to William Lloyd Garrison pleased that Garrison "is still urging onward unintimidated by the many threats of personal violence from the South." He discusses the Southern hatred for the Liber... More

Letter from Samuel Joseph May, Brooklyn, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 July 18

Letter from Samuel Joseph May, Brooklyn, [Connecticut], to William Llo...

Samuel Joseph May writes to William Lloyd Garrison sending him "eight pages more of my sermon." He explains that he has enlarged it since it was delivered in Boston and has preached this newer sermon to his con... More

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 February 23d

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William L...

James Forten writes to William Lloyd Garrison regretting that "Mrs. Stansbury of Trenton, N[ew] Jersey has presented 1,000 dollars to the Colonization Society" when the funds could be better used to encourage "... More

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Andover, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 [October] 23

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Andover, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd ...

Arnold Buffum writes to William Lloyd Garrison describing his lecture delivered in "the large town Hall in Lowell" to what was "said to be the largest audience ever assembled there." Buffum reports that "we hav... More

Letter from Henry Egbert Benson, Providence, [Rhode Island], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 May 24th

Letter from Henry Egbert Benson, Providence, [Rhode Island], to Willia...

Henry Egbert Benson writes to William Lloyd Garrison describing his efforts "to impress upon the free People of color the importance of Sending one or two delegates to represent them in the Philad[elphi]a Conve... More

Letter from James Forten, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 May 6th

Letter from James Forten, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to William Llo...

James Forten writes to William Lloyd Garrison discussing a work Garrison is about to publish (likely his "Thoughts on African Colonization"), sharing his hope that it "may be the means of opposing, in full, the... More

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Fall River, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 [July] 16

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Fall River, [Massachusetts], to William Llo...

Arnold Buffum writes to William Lloyd Garrison describing an address he heard from "friend [Joshua Noble] Danforth". Buffum quotes from the address, including a theoretical story about the result of immediate e... More

Letter from Elizur Wright, Hudson, [Ohio], to Amos Augustus Phelps, Aug[ust] 31

Letter from Elizur Wright, Hudson, [Ohio], to Amos Augustus Phelps, Au...

Elizur Wright Jr. writes to Amos A. Phelps praising him for his anti-slavery circular which was "highly acceptable. The names above were obtained among the clergymen who attended our anti-slavery convention." H... More

Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!!

Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!!

A satire on the pretensions and general decadence of the American local militia during the Jacksonian era. A man on a witness stand (far left) is questioned by a court-martial. Several officers sit around a tab... More

Bobalition of slavery

Bobalition of slavery

Another in the series of "bobalition" broadsides, marking the July 14 celebration of the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. (See no. 1819-2). The text, facetiously dated "Uly 14teenth 18 hundred ... More

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 July 28th

Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William L...

James Forten writes to William Lloyd Garrison apologizing for not responding sooner to his last letter and assuring him that the pleasure of Garrison's visit was mutual. Forten calls such visits, "cheering, the... More

Letter from Henry Egbert Benson, Providence, [Rhode Island], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 March 6th

Letter from Henry Egbert Benson, Providence, [Rhode Island], to Willia...

In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Egbert Benson reports to Garrison that some new subscribers have not yet received their first copies of the Liberator and sends him money for another new subscrib... More

Letter from James Forten, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 May 6th

Letter from James Forten, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to William Llo...

James Forten writes to William Lloyd Garrison discussing a work Garrison is about to publish (likely his "Thoughts on African Colonization"), sharing his hope that it "may be the means of opposing, in full, the... More

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Fall River, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 [July] 16

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Fall River, [Massachusetts], to William Llo...

Arnold Buffum writes to William Lloyd Garrison describing an address he heard from "friend [Joshua Noble] Danforth". Buffum quotes from the address, including a theoretical story about the result of immediate e... More

Letter from Harriet Lupton, Headingley, [England], to Mary Anne Estlin

Letter from Harriet Lupton, Headingley, [England], to Mary Anne Estlin

Harriet Lupton writes to Mary Anne Estlin in regards to obtaining a copy of her report on the extract of "Mr. Estlin's interesting letter." Lupton could tell that from F. Douglass's report the American & Foreig... More

Letter from Arthur Tappan, New York, [New York], to William Lloyd Garrison, [1832 January 21]

Letter from Arthur Tappan, New York, [New York], to William Lloyd Garr...

In this handwritten copy of a letter to William Lloyd Garrison, Arthur Tappan thanks Garrison for sending him $100 and says he is "gratified with the appearance of your paper since its enlargement." He then com... More

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Fall River, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 [July] 16

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Fall River, [Massachusetts], to William Llo...

Arnold Buffum writes to William Lloyd Garrison describing an address he heard from "friend [Joshua Noble] Danforth". Buffum quotes from the address, including a theoretical story about the result of immediate e... More

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Brattleborough, [Vermont], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 [August] 31

Letter from Arnold Buffum, Brattleborough, [Vermont], to William Lloyd...

In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, Arnold Buffum discusses two lectures he delivered in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He tells Garrison about one man who asked about his connection to Garrison and another, ... More

Letter from James F. Otis, Portland, [Maine], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 January 11

Letter from James F. Otis, Portland, [Maine], to William Lloyd Garriso...

James Frederick Otis writes to William Lloyd Garrison wishing him "success in the cause" and remarking that Garrison's zeal "deserves so much praise and encouragement." He then says that while he agrees with Ga... More

Title page, with no illus., in Nat Turner, The confessions, Richmond, Thomas R. Gray, 1832

Title page, with no illus., in Nat Turner, The confessions, Richmond, ...

Illus. in: The confessions of Nat Turner... Richmond : Thomas R. Gray, 1832, title page. No file print. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: US Hist 1831 (Sothampt... More

Letter from George Cary, Cincinnati, [Ohio], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 May 15

Letter from George Cary, Cincinnati, [Ohio], to William Lloyd Garrison...

George Cary writes to William Lloyd Garrison describing a visit from Benjamin Lundy, who had just returned from a trip to Canada and was leaving for Mexico to "establish a permanent footing in that country for ... More

Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 July 12

Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William...

Simeon Smith Jocelyn writes to William Lloyd Garrison discussing the attached circular, telling Garrison it has been "two years since I penned the brief description of slavery on the opposite side of this sheet... More