Excerpts from American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation

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Excerpts from American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
Edited by James G. Basker

These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.

Readings of excerpts from the book, presented with transcripts and relevant images. These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.

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Alice Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive, Washington, DC

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Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College, Pyle Center 1182, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH

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Roosevelt High School, 6941 N. Central Street, Portland, OR

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February 1 – 28, 2013 Location: Grand Prairie Main Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX
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Grand Prairie Main Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX

A panel exhibition, with interpretive and educational materials, that uses images, broadsides, and letters to explore the early life of Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in Maryland, he made a daring escape to New York City in 1838. Once free, Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans.

January 31 – February 28, 2013 Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College, 125 Rt. 340, Sparkill, NY
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St. Thomas Aquinas College, 125 Rt. 340, Sparkill, NY

A panel exhibition, with interpretive and educational materials, that uses images, broadsides, and letters to explore the early life of Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in Maryland, he made a daring escape to New York City in 1838. Once free, Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans.

January 3 – 30, 2013 Location: Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Avenue, West Allis, WI
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Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Avenue, West Allis, WI

A panel exhibition, with interpretive and educational materials, that uses images, broadsides, and letters to explore the early life of Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in Maryland, he made a daring escape to New York City in 1838. Once free, Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans.

July 31 – August 28, 2012 Location: Stanley Whitman House, Farmington, CT
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Stanley Whitman House, Farmington, CT

Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America investigates the question of how slavery in America developed into an institution, and how it came to be condemned as it divided the nation during the Civil War. Visitors can explore an early fragment of Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech, letters by abolitionists and slaves, and personal letters from soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

The Dred Scott Decision and Its Bitter Legacy

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Dred Scott was born a slave in Virginia around 1800 and died a free man in Missouri in 1858. Most contemporary accounts describe his life and habits as typical for someone of his place and time.

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Theodore Roosevelt’s letter reviling the Dred Scott Decision  (Gilder Lehrman Co
New York Resolution Ratifying Fourteenth Amendment (Gilder Lehrman Collection, G
Dred Scott Political Cartoon  (Courtesy Library of Congress)
Lincoln's 'House Divided' Speech (Gilder Lehrman Collection, GLC 2533)
Two Speeches by Frederick Douglass, 1857 (Gilder Lehrman Collection, GLC 07591)
Newspaper attack on Justice Taney (Courtesy Dickinson College)
Dred Scott’s Daughters, from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, June 27, 1857
The U.S. Constitution, (Article IV, Section 3)  (Courtesy the National Archives)
Missouri Compromise (1820) (Courtesy the National Archives)
Benjamin Curtis and John McLean (Courtesy Dickinson College)
Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinio
Chief Justice Taney  (Courtesy Dickinson College)
James Buchanan, Robert Grier and Roger Taney  (Courtesy Dickinson College)
Broadside protesting re-capture of fugitive slaves, 1854 (Gilder Lehrman Collect
Detail from Dred Scott’s Signed Petition of 1846  (Courtesy Washington Universit
Dred Scott and Harriet Scott, from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, June 27
Scott’s freedom suit, 1846, (Courtesy Washington University Library)
Portrait of Dred Scott  (Courtesy New-York Historical Society)
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