Slavery in Poetry

Phillis Wheatley


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Additional Poets and Poems and Primary Sources

“I will be heard!” Abolitionist Poetry ~ From Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections @ Cornell University Library

“The Underground Railroad” by Cecilia Devyr (sometime after the Civil War) @ Project Gutenberg ~ This undated single-page broadsheet poem on the Underground Railroad appeared sometime after the Civil War. The author, Cecilia Devere (1836-1912), was a Shaker community member in New Lebanon, New York.

Voices from Slavery (1848) @ Project Gutenberg ~ Long poem published by an anonymous author in 1848 in the Leeds Anti-Slavery Tract series. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

Songs from The Anti-Slavery Harp: A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings (1848) @ Project Gutenberg

Read “The Anti-Slavery Alphabet” (1847) @ Project Gutenberg ~ An alphabetary published for the 1847 Anti-Slavery Fair in Philadelphia. Digitized by the Gutenberg Project.

Read “The Gospel of Slavery” (1864) @ Project Gutenberg ~ An illustrated antislavery children’s alphabetary in verse, by Iron Gray (New York: T.W. Strong, 1864). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

Read “The Liberty Cap” (1846) @ Project Gutenberg ~ An adolescent-level miscellany of antislavery reading, written and compiled by Cambridge activist Eliza Lee Follen (Boston: Leonard C. Bowles, 1846). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

Read “The Star of Freedom” (1840s) @ Project Gutenberg ~ A miscellany of juvenile antislavery stories and poetry, published by an anonymous author in New York; probably from 1840s. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.

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