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#1 John Simkin

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:50 PM

You will find a cmprehensive account of Slavery here:

http://www.spartacus.../USAslavery.htm

It includes sections on Slave Narratives, Slave System, Slave Life, Events & Issues, Political Organizations and Campaigners Against Slavery.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 07:43 PM

Frances Harper was a black woman who taught in Columbus, Ohio, but in 1853 became a travelling lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. She often read her poetry at these public meetings, including the extremely popular Bury Me in a Free Land.


Make me a grave wher’er you will,
In a lowly plain, or a loft hill;
Make it among earth’s humblest graves,
But not in a land where men are slaves.

I could not rest if around my grave
I heard the steps of a trembling slave;
His shadow upon my silent tomb
Would make it a place of fearful gloom…

I would sleep, dear friends, where bloated might
Can rob no man of his dearest right;
My rest shall be calm in any grave
Where none can call his brother a slave.

I ask no monument proud and high,
To arrest the gaze of the passers-by;
All that my yearning spirit craves,
Is bury me not in a land of slaves.


http://www.spartacus.../USASharper.htm




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