Antislavery Pamphle Collection

  • 1725-1911
  • 368 items (7.5 linear feet)
  • Call no.: RB 003

New England bears the peculiar historical distinction of being both a center of the slave trade and a center of early opposition to it. Beginning fitfully in the seventeenth century, both pro-slavery and antislavery sentiment grew side by side in the region.

The Antislavery Collection contains hundreds of printed pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England, 1725-1911. The holdings include speeches, sermons, proceedings and other publications of organizations such as the American Anti-Slavery Society and the American Colonization Society, and a small number of pro-slavery tracts.

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Background

New England bears the peculiar historical distinction of being both a center of the slave trade and a center of early opposition to it. Beginning fitfully in the seventeenth century, both pro-slavery and antislavery sentiment grew side by side in the region. As merchants in ports like Newport and Providence invested increasingly in the Triangular Trade and provided material commercial support for slaveholders in the southern United States and Caribbean, moral resistance to the slave trade, and eventually slavery itself, took root in a number of communities, including the African Americans communities and several communities of faith, including Quakers, Baptists, and Unitarians.

Scope of collection

The Antislavery Collection contains several hundred printed pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England, 1725-1911. The holdings include speeches, sermons, proceedings and other publications of organizations such as the American Anti-Slavery Society and the American Colonization Society, and a small number of pro-slavery tracts.

Inventory

(Digitized titles only)

American Anti-Slavery Society: Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society . New York: American Anti-Slavery Society
1833
American Anti-Slavery Society: The Declaration of Sentiments and Constitution of the American Anti-Slavery Society . New York: American Anti-Slavery Society
1835
1864
1836
Association for the Religious Instructions of the Negroes in Liberty County, Georgia: Sixth Annual Report . Charleston: Observer Office Press
1841
Baker, J. L.: Slavery . Philadelphia: John A. Norton
1860
Bolles, John R.: A Reply to Bishop Hopkins' View of Slavery, and a Review of the Times . Philadelphia: J. W. Daughaday
1865
Bushnell, Horace: Crisis of the Church . Hartford: Daniel Burgess and Co.
1835
Chapman, Maria Weston: What Can I Do To Help Abolish Slavery? Or, Counsels to the Newly Converted . New York: American Anti-Slavery Society
1855
Church Anti-Slavery Society [Worcester, Mass.]: Circular . [Worcester, Mass.]: s.n.
1859
Citizen of New England [Pearl, Cyril]: Remarks on African Colonization and the Abolition of Slavery . Windsor, Vt.: Richards and Tracy
1833
Colonization Society of Connecticut: An Address to the Public by the Colonization Society of Connecticut, with an Appendix . New Haven: Treadway and Adams
1828
1838
1862
Finley, Robert: Thoughts On the Colonization of Free Blacks . Washington, D.C.: s.n.
1816
Fitzgerald, W. P. N.: A Scriptural View of Slavery . New Haven : s.n.
1839
Hartford Auxiliary Colonization Society: Constitution of the Hartford Auxiliary Colonization Society . Hartford: Lincoln and Stone
1819
John Brown Fund: Friends of Freedom! Read and Circulate . New Yrok: Wilbur, Hastings, and Co.
1859
Jones, Thomas H.: The Experience of Thomas H. Jones, Who Was a Slave for Forty-Three Years . New Bedford: E. Anthony & Sons
1871
Liberty Party: The Slave Power. Political Tracts, no. 1 . Hartford: Christian Freeman
1844
Lord, Nathan [A Northern Presbyter]: A Letter of Inquiry to Ministers of the Gospel of all Denominations, on Slavery . Boston: Petridge and Company
1854
Maine. Governor 1834-1838: Dunlap: Preamble and Resolutions on the Subject of Incendiary Publications . [Augusta, Maine?]: s.n.
1836
Mars, James: Life of James Mars, a Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut . Hartford: Case, Lockwood, & Co.
1867
New Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society: First Annual Report of the New-Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society . Concord, N.H.: Elbridge G. Chase
1835
Pennington, James C. W.: Covenants Involving Moral Wrong Are Not Obligatory Upon Man . Hartford: John C. Wells
1842
Webster, Noah: Effects of Slavery on Morals and Industry . Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin
1793
Weston, George M.: The Poor Whites of the South . Washngton: Buell and Blanchard
1856
Woods, Joseph: Thoughts on the Slavery of the Negroes . London: James Phillips
1784

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Acquired variously.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Feb. 2018.

Digitized content

Selected images in this collection have been digitized are available for viewing online through SCUA's digital repository, Credo.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Antislavery Pamphlet Collection (RB 003). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • African Americans--Colonization--Africa
  • African Americans--Suffrage
  • Antislavery movements--New England
  • Slave trade--United States
  • Slavery--United States

Names

  • American Anti-Slavery Society
  • American Colonization Society

Genre terms

  • Pamphlets

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