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Antislavery Pamphlet Collection

7.5 linear feet
Call no.: RB 003

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.

Selected titles
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)

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Christianity Versus Treason and Slavery. Religion Rebuking Sedition. (Phildelphia: H. B. Ashmead, 1864)
Reply to the Reviewer of the Remarks on Dr. Channing’s Slavery. (Boston: John H. Eastburn, 1836)
Association for the Religious Instructions of the Negroes in Liberty County, Georgia
Sixth Annual Report. (Charleston: Observer Office Press, 1841)
Austin, Arthur W.
Speech of Arthur W. Austin, of West Roxbury, at Charlestown, Mass., Nov. 1, 1856. (Charlestown, Mass.: s.n., 1856?)
Baker, J. L.
Slavery. (Philadelphia: John A. Norton, 1860)
Barber, John Warner
A History of the Amistad Captives: Being a Circumstantial Account of the Capture of the Spanish Schooner Amistad, by the Africans on Board. . .. (New Haven: E.L. and J.W. Barber, 1840)
Bolles, John R.
A Reply to Bishop Hopkins’ View of Slavery, and a Review of the Times. (Philadelphia: J. W. Daughaday, 1865)
Boston (Mass.). Citizens
A Memorial to the Congress of the United States on the Subject of Restraining the Increase of Slavery in New States to be Admitted Into the Union. (Boston: Sewell Phelps, 1819)
Bushnell, Horace
Crisis of the Church. (Hartford: Daniel Burgess and Co., 1835)
Butler, Thomas B.
The Slave Question. Speech of Hon. T. B. Butler, of Connecticut, in the House of Representatives, March 12, 1850. (Wahington: Congressional Globe, 1850)
Chandler, Amariah
The Use of Liberty by the Servant of God: A Discourse, Delivered July 4, 1833, in the North Meeting House, in Greenfield. (Greenfield, [Mass.]: Franklin Freeman, 1833)
Channing, William Ellery
An Address Delivered at Lenox, on the First of August, 1842, the Anniversary of Emancipation in the British West Indies. (Lenox, Mass.: J. G. Stanly, 1842).
Chapman, Maria Weston
What Can I Do To Help Abolish Slavery? Or, Counsels to the Newly Converted. (New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1855)
Cheever, Henry T.
A Tract for the Times: On the Question, Is It Right to Withold Fellowship from Churches or from Individuals that Tolerate or Practise Slavery?. (New York: John A. Gray, 1859)
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)
Clark, Rufus W.
Conscience and Law: A Discourse Preached in the North Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Fast Day, April 3, 1851. (Boston: Tappan and Whittemore, 1851)
Clarke, James Freeman
Slavery in the United States. A Sermon Delivered in Amory Hall, on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1842. (Boston: Benjamin H. Greene, 1843)
Clarke, Walter
The American Anti-Slavery Society at War with the Church: A Discourse Delivered Before the First Congregational Church and Society, in Canterbury, Conn., June 30th, 1844. (Hartford: Elihu Geer, 1844)
Colonization Society of Connecticut
An Address to the Public by the Colonization Society of Connecticut, with an Appendix. (New Haven: Treadway and Adams, 1828)
Convention of Ministers of Worcester County on the Subject of Slavery
Proceedings of the Convention of Ministers of Worcester County, on the Subject of Slavery; Held at Worcester, December 5 and 6, 1837, and January 16, 1838. (Worcester: Massachusetts Spy, 1838)
Cooke, Parsons
Moral Machinery Simplified: A Discourse, Delivered at Andover, Massachusetts, July 4, 1839. (Andover: William Peirce, 1839)
Craik, James
Slavery in the South, Or, What is Our Present Duty to the Slaves?. (Boston: Prentiss and Deland, 1862)
Cuffe, Paul
A Brief Account of the Settlement and Present Situation of the Colony of Sierra Leone, in Africa. (New York: Samuel Wood, 1812)
Dana, James
The African Slave Trade: A Discourse Delivered in the City of New-Haven, September 9, 1790, Before the Connecticut Society for the Promotion of Freedom. (New Haven: Thomas and Samuel Green, 1791)
Davis, Charles G.
Report of the proceedings at the examination of Charles G. Davis, Esq., on a charge of aiding and abetting in the rescue of a fugitive slave : held in Boston, in February, 1851.. (Boston: White and Potter, 1851)
Dewey, Loring Daniel
Correspondence Relative to the Emigration to Haiti, of the Free People of Colour, in the United States, Together with the Instructions to the Agent Sent Out by President Boyer. (New York: Mahlon Day, 1824)
Dickinson, James Taylor
A Sermon, Delivered in the Second Congregational Church, Norwich, On the Fourth of July, 1834, At the Request of the Anti-Slavery Society of Norwich and Vicinity. (Norwich, [Conn.]: Anti-Slavery Society of Norwich and Vicinity, 1834)
Drisler, Henry
The Bible View of Slavery Reconsidered. A Letter to the Right Rev. Bishop Hopkins, 2d ed.. (Philadelphia: Henry B. Ashmead, 1863)
Dwight, Sereno Edwards
Slave representation, by Boreas. Awake! O spirit of the North.. (S.n.: s.l., 1812)
Edwards, Jonathan
The Injustice and Impolicy of the Slave Trade, and of the Slavery of the Africans, Illustrated in a Sermon. . . September 15, 1791, 3d ed.. (New Haven: New Haven Anti-Slavery Society, 1833)
Everett, Edward
Speech of Mr. Everett, of Massachusetts, Delivered in the Senate of the United States, Feb. 8, 1854, on the Nebraska and Kansas Territorial Bill. (Washington: Congressional Globe, 1854)
Finley, Robert
Thoughts On the Colonization of Free Blacks. (Washington, D.C.: s.n., 1816?)
Fisher, George E.
The Church, the Ministry, and Slavery: A Discourse, Delivered at Rutland, Mass., July 14, 1850. (Worcester: Henry J. Howland, 1850)
Fitzgerald, W. P. N.
A Scriptural View of Slavery. (New Haven : s.n., 1839)
Forman, J. G.
The Fugitive Slave Law: A Discourse Delivered in the Congregational Church in West Bridgewater, Mass., on Sunday, November 17th, 1850. (Boston: William Crosby and H. P. Nichols, 1850)
Gannett, Ezra S.
Relation of the North to Slavery: A Discourse Preached in the Federal Street Meetinghouse, In Boston, On Sunday, June 11, 1854. (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Co., 1854)
Garrison, William Lloyd
An Address, Delivered Before the Free People of Color, in Philadelphia, New-York, and Other Cities, During the Month of June, 1831. (Boston: Stephen Foster, 1831)
Gillette, Francis
National Slavery and National Responsibility: Speech of Hon. Francis Gillette, of Connecticut, in the Senate of the United States, February 23d, 1855. (Washington, D.C.: Buell and Blanchard, 1855)
Hart, Levi
Liberty Described and Recommended: in a sermon, preached to the corporation of freemen in Farmington, at their meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 1774, and published at their desire. (Hartford: E. Watson, 1775)
Hartford (Conn.). Citizens
A Declaration of the Sentiments of the People of Hartford, Regarding the Measures of the Abolitionists. (Hartford: s.n., 1835)
Hartford Auxiliary Colonization Society
Constitution of the Hartford Auxiliary Colonization Society. (Hartford: Lincoln and Stone, 1819)
Hicks, Elias
Observations on the Slavery of the Africans and Their Descendants, and on the Use of the Produce of Their Labour. (New York: Samuel Wood, 1814)
Holly, James Theodore
A Vindication of the Capacity of the Negro Race For Self-Government, and Civilized Progress, as Demonstrated by Historical Events of the Haytian Revolution. (New Haven: Afric-American Printing Co., 1857)
Humphrey, Heman
Our Nation: A Discourse Delivered at Pittsfield, Mass., January 4, 1861, On the Day of the National Fast. (Pittsfield, Mass.: Henry Chickering, 1861)
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?)
Lincoln, Levi
Speech of Mr. Lincoln, of Massachusetts: Delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States, Feb. 7, 1837, on the Resolution to Censure the Hon. John Q. Adams, for Inquiring of the Speaker, Whether a Paper Purporting to Come from Slaves. . .. (Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1837)
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)
Mann, Horace
New Dangers to Freedom, and New Duties for its Defenders: A Letter by the Hon. Horace Mann to his Constituents, May 3, 1850. (Boston: Redding and Company, 1850)
Mann, Horace
Speech of Hon. Horace Mann, of Mass., on the Institution of Slavery, Delivered in the House of Representatives, August 17, 1852. (Washington: Congressional Globe, 1852)
Mars, James
Life of James Mars, a Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut. (Hartford: Case, Lockwood, & Co., 1867)
May, Samuel J.
A Discourse on Slavery in the United States, Delivered in Brookylen, July 3, 1831. (Boston: Garrison and Knapp, 1832)
McEwen, Abel
Sermon Preached in the First Congregational Church, New London, Conn., on the Day of Thanksgiving, November 28, 1850. (New London: Daniels and Bacon, 1851)
Minister of the Gospel, in Massachusetts
Slavery in its Relation to God: A Review of Rev. Dr. Lord’s Thanksgiving Sermon, In Favor of Domestic Slavery, Entitled The Higher Law, In Its Application to the Fugitive Slave Bill. (Buffalo: A.M. Clapp & Co., 1851)
Mitchell, William
The Claims of Africa: A Discourse, Delivered at Montpelier, at the Annual Meeting of the Vermont Colonization Society, October 19, 1843. (Burlington: Stilman Fletcher, 1843)
Morse, Jedediah
A Discourse, Delivered at the African Meeting House, in Boston, July 14, 1808, in Grateful Celebration of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the Governments of the United States, Great Britain and Denmark. (Boston: Lincoln and Edmands, 1808)
New Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society
First Annual Report of the New-Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society. (Concord, N.H.: Elbridge G. Chase, 1835)
O’Conor, Charles
Negro Slavery Not Unjust: Speech of Charles O’Connor, Esq., at the Union Meeting at the Academy of Music, New York City, December 19th, 1859. (New York: Van Evrie, Horton and Co., 1859)
Parker, Theodore
A Sermon of Slavery, Delivered Jan. 31, 1841, Repeated June 4, 1843, and Now Published by Request. (Boston: Thurston and Torry, 1843)
Peabody, William Bourn Oliver
An Address, Delivered at Springfield, Before the Hampden Colonization Society, July 4th, 1828. (Springfield: S. Bowles, 1828)
Pennington, James C. W.
Covenants Involving Moral Wrong Are Not Obligatory Upon Man. (Hartford: John C. Wells, 1842)
Perry, Nathaniel
A Dialogue Between a Freesoiler, a Citizen of Boston, and the Prince of This World. (Boston: The Author, 1853)
Phelps, Samuel Shethar
Speech of Mr. Phelps, of Vermont, on the Subject of Slavery, &c., in Senate, January 23, 1850. (Washington: Gideon and Co., 1850)
Rantoul, Robert
Second Speech of Mr. Rantoul, of Massachusetts, on the Coalition in Massachusetts, Delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States, March 9, 1852, in Reply to Hon. George T. Davis. (Washington: Congressional Globe, 1852)
Rantoul, Robert
Trial of Thomas Sims, on an Issue of Personal Liberty, on the Claim of James Potter, of Georgia, Against Him, as an Alleged Fugitive from Service. (Boston: William S. Damrell, 1851)
Skinner, Otis Ainsworth
Duty to Government and to God: A Sermon, Preached in the Warren Street Church, Boston, on Thanksgiving-Day, November 29, 1850, and Repeated by Request in the Same Church, December 15, 1850. (Boston: A. Tompkins, 1851)
Slade, William
Speech of Mr. Slade, of Vermont, on the Right of Petition; the Power of Congress to Abolish Slavery and the Slave Trade in the District of Columbia; the Implied Faith of the North and the South to Each Other in Forming the Constitution. . .. (Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1840).
Smart, Ephraim Knight
Speech of Hon. E. K. Smart, of Maine, in Defence of the North Against the Charge of Aggression Upon the South, Delivered in the House of Representatives, April 23, 1852. (Washington: Congressional Globe, 1852)
Society of Friends. New England Yearly Meeting
Address of the Yearly Meeting of Friends for New-England, Held on Rhode-Island, in the Sixth Month, 1837, to its Own Members, and Those of Other Christian Communities. (New Bedford: J. C. Parmenter, 1837)
Sumner, Charles
Defence of Massachusetts. Speeches of Hon. Charles Sumner, on the Boston Memorial for the Repeal of the Fugitive Slave Bill. . .. (Washington, D.C.: Buell and Blanchard, 1854)
Sumner, Charles
Freedom National, Slavery Sectional. Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on His Motion to Repeal the Fugitive Slave Bill, In the Senate of the United States, August 26, 1852. (Washington: Buell and Blanchard, 1852)
Sumner, Charles
No Compromise of Human Rights. No Admission in the Constitution of Inequality of Rights, or Disfranchisement on Account of Color. Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on the Proposed Amendment of the Constitution. . .. (Washington: Congressional Globe, 1866)
Thacher, George
No Fellowship With Slavery: A Sermon Delivered June 29th, 1856, in the First Congregational Church, Meriden, Conn.. (Meriden, Conn.: L. R Webb, 1856)
Thayer, Eli
Fair Play for Free Labor: Speech of Hon. Eli Thayer, of Mass., Delivered in the House of Representatives Feb. 24, 1859. (Washington: Polkinhorn’s Steam Printing Office, 1859)
Toombs, Robert Augustus
A Lecture Delivered in the Tremont Temple, Boston, Massachusetts, on the 24th January, 1856. (s.n.: s.l., 1856)
Webster, Daniel
Speech of Mr. Webster on Mr. Clay’s Resolutions, Delivered in the Senate of the United States, March 7, 1850. (Washington: Gideon and Co., 1850)
Webster, Daniel
Speech of the Honorable Daniel Webster, on The Compromise Bill, Delivered in the Senate of the United States, on the 17th Day of July, 1850. (Washington: Gideon and Co., 1850)
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)
Weston, George M.
Southern Slavery Reduces Northern Wages: An Address by George M. Weston, of Maine, Delivered in Washington, D.C., March 25, 1856. (Washington: s.n., 1856)
Wheaton, Josephus
The Equality of Mankind and the Evils of Slavery, Illustrated: A Sermon, Delivered on the Day of the Annual Fast, April 6, 1820. (Boston: For Samuel T. Armstrong by Crocker and Brewster, 1820)
Williams, Peter
An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade: Delivered in the African Church, in the City of New-York, January 1, 1808. (New York: Samuel Wood, 1808)
Woods, Joseph
Thoughts on the Slavery of the Negroes. (London: James Phillips, 1784)


Abolitionists--MassachusettsAntislavery movements--United StatesSlavery--United States


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