The Negro Woman's Appeal

This broadside - "The Negro Woman's Appeal to Her White Sisters" - was a piece of abolitionist literature intended to emotionally impact white American women.

We learn more about this 1850 document, and the time frame when it was published, from the Library of Congress:

In some Northern cities, for brief periods of time, black property owners voted.  A very small number of free blacks owned slaves.  The slaves that most free blacks purchased were relatives whom they later manumitted.  A few free blacks also owned slave holding plantations in Louisiana, Virginia, and South Carolina.

Blacks were also outspoken in print.  Freedom's Journal, the first black-owned newspaper, appeared in 1827. This paper and other early writings by blacks fueled the attack against slavery and racist conceptions about the intellectual inferiority of African Americans.

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Media Credits

"The Negro Woman's Appeal to Her White Sisters."  [London]: Richard Barrett, [1850]. Broadside included in the "Printed Ephemera Collection" at the Library of Congress.  Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.


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