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1815-1860: National Expansion and Reform

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The Negro Woman's Appeal to Her White Sisters.
[London]: Richard Barrett,
[1850]. Broadside.
Printed Ephemera Collection,
Rare Book and Special
Collections Division
. (3-12)


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.

People, Places and Events

  1. Harriet Powers (1837-1911): Folk artist of quilits 

    Quilts made by Powers
  2. Harriet Ross Tubman: Moses of Her People (1820-1913): Runaway slave from Maryland and agent for the underground railroad
  3. Nathaniel "Nat" Turner (1800-1831): Bondsman

    "Nat Turner's Rebellion, 1831"
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