Citizens of Boston! Anti-Slavery Broadsides in Boston

From the early 1830s, to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery in 1863, Boston was the center of the American anti-slavery movement. It was the home of many leading abolitionists of the day including: William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and her sisters, Theodore Parker, Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charles…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Maria Weston Chapman

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the fourth post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th-century American women. Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) was a noted abolitionist, editor, writer and activist. She was the oldest of eight children born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Emily Dickinson

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the third post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in the family home known as Homestead. From a prominent family, Dickinson attended Amherst Academy…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Celia Thaxter

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the second post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She grew up on the Isle of Shoals and Appledore Island, Maine, where her…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Margaret Fuller

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focuses on special collections featuring extraordinary 19th-century American women. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a groundbreaking editor, critic, journalist, and champion of women’s rights. Born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, Fuller lived a life few women of her time could imagine. After teaching…
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