Abolition

The American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist organization founded in 1833, issued The Slave’s Friend to teach pro-Christian, antislavery lessons to children. The front cover of this 1836 edition shows a schoolmaster teaching young black children how to read. A poem instructed children that slave traders would be punished on “God’s great Judgment Day.” The Slave’s Friend also sought to empower children. This issue celebrated a little girl who raised forty dollars for the cause.