|Title||The gospel of slavery: a primer of freedom (I) |
|Author||Thomas, Abel Charles, 1807-1880 |
|Publisher||Strong, Thomas W.|
|Publisher Location||United States--New York--New York |
|Publication Date||1864 |
|Image Production Process||Relief prints--woodcuts|
|Notes||Illustrated with uncolored woodcuts.|
An antislavery alphabet book for children with illustrated verses that use slavery, abolitionist, and Christian terms to describe different aspects of slavery and the abolitionist movement. At the bottom of each page is a discussion of the principles of each lesson.
"I stands for infidel." The verse discusses how priests in the pulpit are more concerned with infidels than with the issue of slavery and that they "torture the Gospel" to attempt to show that slavery is justified. The discussion at the bottom of the page states that it is impossible to believe in both the Bible and slavery.
The illustration depicts a clergyman reading from the Bible and standing with his foot on a prostrate black man. To his right is a white man standing in a similar pose with his foot on a Bible. Behind them is a crucifix with sheaves of wheat leaning against it.
|Contextual Notes||Abel Charles Thomas was a Universalist evangelist, minister, journalist, and historian. Although he served the Universalist church in Philadelphia in two separate pastorates totaling nearly twenty-five years and there wrote two of the most celebrated pieces of nineteenth-century Universalist controversial literature, he is most remembered for his short pastorate in Lowell, Massachusetts, where, as one of the founders and editor of the literary magazine, the Lowell Offering, he was a mentor to aspiring writers amongst the young women working in the textile mills (John C. Morgan, Unitarian Universalist Historical Society).|
Thomas was also active in Philadelphia antislavery work. Iron Gray was a pseudonym used by Thomas.
|Subjects (LCSH)||Slavery -- United States -- Juvenile poetry; Slavery -- United States -- Controversial literature |
|Category||Discrimination and bigotry|
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL0981 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection T449.T45 1864 |
|Physical Description|| p.: illustrated; 17 x 12 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Photographed from original book in TIFF format using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2009. |
|Exhibit Checklist||Exhibit checklist 20.2 |