The Slave's Friend

The Slave's Friend was a unique American antislavery publication targeted towards children. Circulated from 1836 to 1838, it was one of the earliest examples of abolitionist literature directed at a young audience.Image:the-slaves-friend-sample-cover


Employing a variety of literary forms like poems, essays, and short stories, The Slave's Friend aimed to educate children about the horrors and inhumanity of slavery in the United States. It sought to promote empathy and righteous indignation in its readers, fostering an early abolitionist sentiment among the youth.

The magazine also included illustrations depicting the harsh realities endured by the enslaved, adding a graphic element to its poignant narratives. The contents were designed to be straightforward and accessible to a novice audience with a clear aim towards inspiring a generation toward the ideal of equal rights.

Publication History

The Slave's Friend was published by the American Anti-Slavery Society, a prominent abolitionist organization of that time. It was part of their slew of publications aiming to expose the atrocities of slavery and advocate for its ultimate abolition.

The societal response to The Slave's Friend was polarized, mirroring the overarching attitudes towards slavery within the United States. While the magazine was appreciated in the Northern states, it faced condemnation and censorship in the Southern states, revealing the stark divide on the issue of slavery in the country.{{Categories}}

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