17 June 2003
[CIVIL WAR -- ANTI-SLAVERY MOVEMENT]. Printed broadside announcing an anti-slavery fair, n.p. [probably New England], n.d. [1850-60?].
1 page, oblong folio (10 5/8 x 15 7/8 in.), printed in assorted large display types (the first line capitals are 3.1.4 in. in height), slight vertical fold. Conservation matted and glazed in a carved wooden frame.
A fine relic of the anti-slavery movement which bugeoned from 1835 until the outbreak of the Civil War, appealing to the conscience of a nation. The undated poster announces that "A FAIR will be held in copnnection with the Anti-Slavery meetings of this place, on [blank]. A large assortment of Fancy and Useful Articles will be offered for sale, the proceeds of which will be given to the Anti-Slavery Cause." Such fairs, held in cities all across the north, were successful in raising funds to disseminate literature, aid for escaped slaves and political purposes. Rare.
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