When we began the recreated American Anti-Slavery Society, we wanted to be sure that members of the reenacting community and the public who had questions about our integrity, research and authenticity had answers. Here we provide a bibliography of publications we have studied and drawn from to develop our impression and appropriately “bring back to life” the American Anti-Slavery Society.



1. The Abolitionist Sisterhood by Jean Fagan Yellin  1994, Cornell University Press
Comments: Brings together 16 essays on principal female anti-slavery societies, discussions of black women’s political culture and articles on the strategies anti-slavery women devised .

2. The Liberator Words That Changed History by Stephen Currie  2000, Lucent Books
Comments: Book examines how the world’s most important documents have influenced beliefs, laws, and public opinion: this edition on the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator includes fully documented primary and secondary source quotations, bibliographies, excerpts and full text of original documents. 

3. Abolitionist John Brown’s Courtroom Speech by John Brown  1859, Fine Arts Press
Comments: The entire speech made by John Brown in a Virginia courthouse in October 1859 (two months before he was hanged for crimes of treason).

4. A Lydia Maria Child Reader by Carolyn L. Karcher  1997, Duke University Press
Comments: An anthology of stories, editorials, articles and letters; extracts from a primer for the emancipated slaves, her anti-slavery fiction and her other writings on slavery. 

5. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs  1987, Harvard University Press
Comments: Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography with Jean Fagan Yellin identifying the people and places Jacobs wrote about as well as adding letters, pictures and new information about Jacobs.

6. William Lloyd Garrison by William Cain  1995, Bedford Books
Comments: A blend of biography, history, and textual analysis with collections of Garrison’s Liberator editorials. Provides an overview of the politics of antebellum abolitionism.

7. Children of the Union by James Marten  2004,  Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Comments: Book shows how the war brought writers for children to promote controversial political viewpoints such as abolitionism and support for the Union’s military action.   

8. Lift Up Thy Voice by Mark Perry  2001, Penguin Group Publishers
Comments: The story of race-consciousness and politics in America told through the lives of the Grimké family and their journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders.

9. Against Slavery An Abolitionist Reader by Mason Lowance  2000, Penguin Classics
Comments: An assemblage of more than forty speeches, lectures, and essays to trace the evolution of the abolitionist crusade; Garrison, Douglass, Child, Phillips, Stowe, Emerson and more.

10. The Great Silent Army of Abolitionists by Julie Jeffery 1998, U. of N. Carolina Press
Comments: Book offers an analysis of women’s anti-slavery activism, incorporating both black and white women, local and national leaders, Garrisonians and political abolitionists.

11. The Civil War and Reconstruction the Human Tradition in America Series No. 4 
By Steven E. Woodworth  2000, Scholarly Resources Inc.
Comments: This edition is made up of stories of the lives of fourteen people who played a role in the events of that time.

12. The Limits of Sisterhood by Jeanne Boydston   1988, University of No. Carolina Press
Comments: Books chronicles the lives of the three Beecher sisters, also with excerpts from their private and public papers and a vast number of other documents.

13. Voices of the Nation by Caroline Levander  1998, Cambridge University Press
Comments: A study of how women’s voices influenced the nation’s understanding of its public activity with examples of the political contributions that a diverse group made in women’s public speech.

14. Signatures of Citizenship by Susan Zaeske  2003, University of North Carolina Press
Comments: This is a comprehensive history or women’s anti-slavery petitions addressed to Congress; including speeches calling women to petition, congressional debates and public reaction.

15. Proceedings of the American Anti-Slavery Society Records of the AA-SS meetings 1861

16. The Liberator editor: William Lloyd Garrison   Volume XXXIV No. 49  Dec. 2, 1864
Comments: Original 1864 abolitionist newspaper.

17. Bound for Canaan by Fergus M. Bordewich  2005, Amistad – HarperCollins Publishers
Comments: This is a comprehensive narrative of the Underground Railroad and American’s first Civil Rights Movement.

18. The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe 1853 [Reprint by Applewood Books]    Comments: This is the book Ms. Stowe wrote presenting the original facts and documents upon which Uncle Tom’s Cabin is founded, together with collaborative statements verifying the truth of her work.  

We continue to search for new and newly found material on the activities of the American Anti-Slavery Society during the American Civil War epoch. If you know of a source that is not shown here, we would sincerely appreciate your advising us of that source.

Thank you.


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