Anti-Slavery Broadsides from the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in the late 19th Century

As an auxiliary of the American Anti-Slavery Society, the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society was founded in Boston in 1835. Its origins go back to the New England Anti-Slavery Society, founded by The Liberator editor William Lloyd Garrison in 1831 after the proposal for a college for blacks was defeated in New Haven.

The New England Society reorganized into the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in 1838 after giving up regional jurisdiction. In particular, the society actively advocated legislation against new slave codes and laws and published treatises related to proposals to outlaw or penalize those involved in abolition and anti-slavery activities.

Boston’s annual meetings were held at Julien Hall, Melodeon, and Tremont Temple. Joel W. Lewis was the Chairman in 1840. Here are some historical anti-slavery broadsides of Massachusetts from the 19th Century.

#1 Shall freedom or slavery triumph. Let Massachusetts speak!

#3 All men are by nature equally free! And independent!

All men are by nature equally free! And independent!

And have certain inherent rights of which, when then enter into a state of society! They cannot by any compact deprive or divest their posterity! Namely the enjoyment of life and liberty!

#5 Citizens of Boston! A free citizen of Massachusetts–free by Massachusetts laws until his liberty is declared to be forfeited by a Massachusetts jury, is now imprisoned

#7 Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor

#8 Fellow citizens of Massachusetts! Read and consider

#9 First anniversary of the kidnapping of Thomas Sims by the City of Boston!

#11 I don’t know as I can better serve the cause I love so well, than to die for it!

#12 I don’t know what weakness may come over me! But I don’t believe I shall ever deny my lord and master, Jesus Christ and I should deny him if I denied my principles against slavery.

#13 I tremble for my country when I remember that God is just and that his justice cannot sleep forever!

#14 I would never have drawn my sword in the cause of America! If I could have conceived that thereby I was founding a land of slavery!

#15 It is a debt we owe the purity of religion to show that it is at variance with that law which warrants slavery! Give me liberty or give me death.

#16 Kidnapping again!! A man was stolen last night by the Fugitive Slave Bill Commissioner!

#17 One hour of American slavery is fraught with more misery than ages of that which we rose in rebellion to oppose.

#19 Proclamation!! To all the good people of Massachusetts!

#21 Regulations for the government of Freedman’s Village, Greene Heights, Arlington, Va. and the government farms, mechanical shops, hospitals, homes, schools, &c., connected therewith.

#22 Remember them that are in bonds! As bound with them!

#23 The man is not bought! He is still in the slave pen in the courthouse!

#27 Thus saith the lord: Ye have not hearken’d unto me in proclaiming liberty

#28 To-day Massachusetts erects the statue of Daniel Webster

#29 West India emancipation! Celebration at Framingham!

#30 What is life or rest to me! So long as I have a commission direct from God Almighty to act against slavery!

#31 Yes! Whether on the scaffold high! Or in the battle’s van, the fittest place for man to die is where he dies for man

#32 Your late purchase of an estate with a view of emancipating the slaves!

Your late purchase of an estate with a view of emancipating the slaves!

On it, is a generous and noble proof of your humanity! Would to God a like spirit might diffuse itself generally into the minds of the people of this country!

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