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July 2005

Broadside Published by the American Anti-Slavery Society, New York, 1836

This broadside, on view in our reading room, has been handsomely matted and framed to archival standards. The original document, measuring about 20" x 26", is in excellent condition. It features scenes from Alexandria and Washington, DC.

According to the Library of Congress web site: "This broadside condemns the sale and keeping of slaves in the District of Columbia. The work was issued during the 1835-1836 campaign to have Congress abolish slavery in the Capital. At the top are contrasting scenes: a view of a reading of the Declaration of Independence, captioned "The Land of the Free," with a scene of slaves being led past the Capitol, captioned "The Home of the Oppressed." Also shown is the infamous Franklin & Armfield Slave Prison, still standing on Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Opened in 1828, this center soon gained control of nearly half the sea trade in slaves between Virginia and Maryland and New Orleans. Most area slaves "sold South" were held there before being shipped to a dreaded future on a rice, cotton or indigo plantation."

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Related Resources
  • Mary Haldane Begg Coleman. Virginia Silhouettes: Contemporary Letters Concerning Negro Slavery In The State of Virginia To Which Is Appended A Dissertation On Slavery With A Proposal For The Gradual Abolition Of It In The State Of Virginia
  • Stanley Harrold. Subversives: Antislavery Community in Washington, DC, 1828-1865
  • Jesse Macy. The Anti-Slavery Crusade: A Chronicle of the Gathering Storm
  • Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Yankee Saints and Southern Sinners

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