New York: July 12, 1938. Published in PORTRAITS: the Photographs of Carl Van Vechten, (1978), edited by Saul... Read More about Portrait photograph of civil rights leader Walter White
Boston: T. R. Marvin, 1845. The American Missionary Society was amongst the leading advocates in the fight to denounce slavery. This text gives an informative insight into one of the most influencial anti-slavery organization, in additin to an historical statement of previous proceedings. Read More about Report of the Committee on Anti-Slavery Memorials
New York: Published by Leavitt, Lord & Co. Boston: Crocker & Brewster, stereotyped by Conner and Cooke, 1835. Third edition. American Anti-Slavery Societies. Examining the American Colonization Society and considering the “influence of the society on the condition of Free persons of Color; … on Africa [and the] Suppression of..... Read More about An Inquiry into the Character and Tendency of the American Colonization, and American...
Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey & Co, 1854. First edition. Printed mostly from the "Phonographic report of Messrs. Yerrinton and Leighton" No Slavery in Nebraska! A strong speech on the issue of whether slavery be permitted in Nebraska or not. The author gives a history of slavery, especially as relates to..... Read More about The Nebraska Question. Some Thoughts on the New Assault upon Freedom in America, and the General...
Boston: William Carter and Brother, 1863. Second edition (?). Parsons (1797-1882) was a professor in the Harvard Law School. Secession came as a rude shock to his belief that the work of the constitutional fathers was "near to the perfection of republican government." Here, he argues that he can "discern..... Read More about Slavery. Its Origin, Influence, and Destiny
Brattleboro: Printed for the Author, 1826. First edition. An early American anti-slavery lecture prepared for the Independence Day celebrations of the Windham County Bible Society who requested it's publication. Phelps gives a brief synopsis of the history and development of man, his influence and also the progress introducing the Bible..... Read More about A Lecture Delivered at Marlborough, VT. July 4th, 1826
Philadelphia: Printed by John Richards, 1839. First edition. The Quakers’ long and honorable opposition to slavery — from as early as the 17th century — is well documented. Read More about An Address to the Quarterly, Monthly and Preparative Meetings, and The Members Thereof, Composing...
Washington, D.C: Buell & Blanchard, 1852. This is the great abolitionist’s first major speech (a Boston edition appeared in the same year) in the Senate, attacking the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. ”Sumner entered the Senate on Dec. 1, 1851. By that time, the compromise measures of 1850 had been..... Read More about Freedom National; Slavery Sectional. Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on His...
Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851. First Edition. Reprinted from the North American Review, October, 1851. The author carefully issues that include “how far and how fast is the institution of slavery susceptible of change and amelioration - what are the prospects of its being removed - and..... Read More about Slavery In The United States: Its Evils, Alleviations And Remedies
New York: R. G. Williams, 1836. First Edition. Deals exclusively with the effects of the British Abolition Act on the colonies in the West Indies. Read More about The Anti-Slavery Record Vol. 11. No. X1
New York: John A. Gray, 1860. In 1860, abolitionist, Gerrit Smith, brought a libel suit against several prominent northern Democrats of the “Vigilant Association,” for publishing accusations that Smith had full knowledge of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry beforehand and that he was a member of what became known..... Read More about Gerrit Smith and the Vigilant Association of the City of New-York
Boston: Congregational Board of Publications, 1857. First edition. Contains three abolitionist essays: (1) Rev. R.B. Thurston, The Error and the Duty in regard to Slavery; (2) Rev. A.C. Baldwin, Friendly Letters to a Christian Slaveholder; (3) Timothy Williston, Is American Slavery an Institution Which Christianity Sanctions and Will Perpetuate? Read More about Liberty or Slavery; the Great National Question. Three Prize Essays on American Slavery
Boston: Beals & Greene, 1850. First edition. The Voices of Compromise, 1850. After the Compromise of 1850 was passed in the Fall of that year, threatening the freedom and rights of escaped slaves, violent protests broke in several Northern states, and many abolitionist were urging defiance of the law. Alarm..... Read More about Proceedings of the Constitutional meeting at Faneuil Hall, November 26th, 1850
Boston: Press of T. R. Marvin, 1845. Read More about Report of the Committee on Anti-Slavery Memorials, September, 1845. With a Historical Statement...
Boston: A. T. Hotchkiss & W. P. Fetridge, 1853. Reprints the famous debate between Webster (“most famous American oration of the nineteenth century” — Howes) and Hayne over protective tariffs, in which issues of wide-ranging significance (States’ rights, slavery, the Constitution, etc.), were debated with the kind forensic brilliance rarely..... Read More about Speeches of Hayne and Webster in the United States Senate, on the Resolution of Mr. Foot,...
Montpelier, Vermont: Allen & Poland, Publishers, March 2, 1839. This issue publishes the Fifth Annual Report of the Starksboro’ and Lincoln Anti-Slavery Society and reprints newspaper accounts of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society and a speech by Henry Clay objecting to the emancipation of slaves in..... Read More about The Voice of Freedom. Published under the sanction of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society. Volume I,...
Boston: July 13 1874. Key Member of the Secret Six. A heartfelt letter to his friend and fellow abolitionist, expressing his condolences for the loss of Bird’s son, and explaining that he cannot attend the funeral. Reading in part: “I heard on Saturday of your son’s sudden death, and in..... Read More about Autograph letter signed ("F.B. Sanborn") to Francis William Bird ("My dear...
New York: Negro Labor News Service, P.O. Box #66 College Station, Nov. 30, 1929. An early newsletter issued by Crosswaith (1892-1965), an African American political activist and socialist (sometimes referred to as the "Negro Debs"), beginning: "The question of Negro labor and its place in the official labor movement of..... Read More about Negro Labor News Service ... When Will it End?
1972. An excellent archive of material related to the casting of the title role of the iconic blaxploitation film, Cleopatra Jones (1973), from the files of Cassius Weathersby, who headed the open auditions held in seven American cities in the late summer and fall of 1972. Weathersby was tasked with..... Read More about Archive related to the casting of the landmark film, Cleopatra Jones
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1917. Read More about Negro Education. A Study of the Private and Higher Schools for Colored People in the United...
New York: Random House, 1975. First Edition. Read More about The Greatest. My Own Story
Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. First edition, one of an unknown number of special copies in publishers morocco binding and with two extra plates. A Key Abolitionist Work in the Publisher’s Special Binding with Provenance to a Freed Slave. First edition, and one of an unknown number of special copies in..... Read More about A Tribute for the Negro: being a Vindication of the Moral, Intellectual, and Religious...
"Moms" Mabley (1894-1975) was the preeminent African American female comedian from the mid-20th century, and opened for Louis Armstrong on several occasions. A fabulous association between two of the most important African-American performers of the period. Read More about Photograph signed and inscribed in the image ("Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong), to Jackie...
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1874. First Edition. Interesting inscription, "Purchased at a concert given by some of the students from Hampton .....Brooklyn" These concerts were a fund raising campaign for Virginia Hall. Read More about Hampton and Its Student by Two of Its Teachers With Fifty Cabin and Plantation Songs, arranged by...
London: Richard Bentley, 1833. First edition. Founder of the “New Colonization System”. Following imprisonment, Wakefield began to study colonial affairs of Australia with an eye towards immigration. Recognizing that the depressed condition of Australian affairs was due to a lack of efficiency and sensible handling he gathered his theories for..... Read More about England and America. A Comparison of the Social and Political State of Both Nations