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.

Collection inventory

(Digitized titles only)

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

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.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication
                            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

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Names

  • American Anti-Slavery Society
  • American Colonization Society

Genre terms

  • Pamphlets