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The Child's
Anti-Slavery Book

The Child's Anti-Slavery Book:
The Child's Anti-Slavery Book:
Containing a Few Words about
American Slave Children. . . .

New York: Carlton and Porter, 1859
Rare Book & Special
Collections Division
(98A)

This mid nineteenth-century, abolitionist tract, distributed by the Sunday School Union, uses actual life stories about slave children separated from their parents or mistreated by their masters to appeal to the sympathies of free children. Vivid illustrations help to reinforce the message that black children should have the same rights as white children, and that holding humans as property is "a sin against God."

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