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Allow your students to discover more about ABOLITION and ANTI SLAVERY using this Primary Source activity.
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The image of a supplicant male slave in chains appears on the 1837 broadside publication of John Greenleaf Whittier's antislavery poem, "Our Countrymen in Chains." The design was originally adopted as the seal of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery in England in the 1780s, and appeared on several medallions for the society made by Josiah Wedgwood as early as 1787. Here, in addition to Whittier's poem, the appeal to conscience against slavery continues with two further quotes. The first is the scriptural warning, "He that stealeth a man and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. "Exod[us] XXI, 16." Next the claim, "England has 800,000 Slaves, and she has made them free. America has 2,250,000! and she holds them fast!!!!"
Whittier, John Greenleaf,--1807-1892 Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Dominions--1830-1840 African Americans--1830-1840 Abolition movement--1830-1840 Slavery--1830-1840
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