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Slavery-related Newspaper Articles



March 29, 1805 - Sprig of Liberty, Gettysburg, PA

A late Albany paper informs us that the legislature of Massachusetts have unanimously concurred in the amendment to the federal constitution, proposed by the Legislature of North Carolina, so as to authorize Congress to prohibit the future importation of slaves into the United States. This salutary and very necessary amendment we sincerely hope will meet with the like reception in every legislative body in the Union. [Contributed by Nancy Piper]


August 14, 1832 - Star and Republican Banner (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

The brig America sailed from Norfolk for Liberia on the 25th ult., having on board 127 free people of color – 102 of them liberated slaves, whose former owners have furnished them with an ample stock of clothing, groceries, agricultural and household utensils and tools of every kind necessary to assist them on their arrival in Africa to furnish their settlements. 16 of those, who are very valuable, were emancipated by Mrs. Page of Jefferson county, Virginia, the sister of Bishop Mead. [Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Slave Trade
(original spellings maintained)

This abominable trafic has recently found a driving mart at the island of Madagascar -- where it has been caried on with all its cruelties by French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and AMERICAN vessels. The British ships of war in the eastern seas, have attempted to put a stop to this trade in blood. The TYNE. captain Carpon, captured the Gustave, Alligator, Petit-anna, Floise, l'Elonore, St. Jaques Neptune, Arappler & Penzuzia -- some of which had slaves on board, and others were found in port with powers of atorney on board to procure slaves. On board l'Fonore, were found 137 slaves in a LIVING MASS, and the following is an extract from her log-book: "fresh breezes & squally - at four, the sea rising, put on the hatches - found four of the slaves dead for want of air." The account then adds, that near St. Jago, the Tyne fell in with the American schooner Franklin, bound on the same trade; and the crew informed that there were nearly one hundred American vessels fitting at the Havannah for the slave trade, and that from four to six vessels per month arrived there with slaves from the coast of Guinea. -- They are cheifly schooners (clipers) and sail with such rapidity that men of war have little chance of overtaking them. The Franklin was one of them, of only 49 tons and 14 men and intended to carry slaves across the Atlantic! Bost. Cen. (unknown date)

An Opulent Slaveholder
...Samuel Hairston of Henry County, VA. -- READ ARTICLE



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