New York: 1835. Vol.1, no.12. Pamphlet (6 7/8 in, 17.5 cm). 9 leaves; , 134-144 [i-iv] pp. Printed by R.G. Williams.
First edition stated. Inspired by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, The American Anti-Slavery Society was established in 1833 in recognition of the exploitation of black people. The society was committed to racial equality and to the end of slavery nationwide. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 during the Civil War officially freed slaves in the ten Confederate states; it was not until the Thirteenth Amendment of 1865 that slavery became illegal but it was permitted as punishment. Garrison retired from the society at this point; meanwhile, the society persevered until the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 which established a person's right to vote without discrimination against a person's color or previous servitude.
Afro-Americana 622 (for v.1, no.9, 10). Oxford Companion to US History, American Anti-Slavery Society online. Pamphlet well-preserved, intact, and complete. Blue wrappers sewn and intact. Two black and white illustrations: "The American Slave Trade - A scene of frequent occurrence." is the caption on the front wrapper; "The Condition of American Slaves" is the caption on the front page. Inner front wrapper printed with four extracts on slavery; inner rear wrapper with extract by abolitionist Granville Sharp, Anecdotes of Africans, and subscription notice. Rear wrapper with subscription details. Title and index leaves bound at rear. Intermittent foxing, remnant of horizontal fold, wrapper fore-edge tips with slight folds but intact. Presentable and well-preserved. Very Good+. Item #1124