Online Primary Sources for American History: Anti-Slavery Works for Adolescents

A typical work was written by Hannah and Mary Townsend – the Anti-Slavery Alphabet in 1846; it was directed at children. Its opening lines said it all:

Listen, little children, all,

Listen to our earnest call:

You are very young, ’tis true,

But there’s much that you can do.

Even you can plead with men

That they buy not slaves again

The pamphlet was then composed of illustrated letters of the alphabet with rhyming  couplets depicting the harsh life of the slave. It is still a very powerful tool.

Other anti-slavery works aimed at adolescents can be found here.



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