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FIRST SEPARATE PUBLICATION OF A POEM ON SLAVERY

(Bryant, William Cullen)

The African Chief.

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Description
Single sheet, sm 8vo., overall 120 x 145mm, (4 1/2” x 5 1/2”), decorative border, double column text, the whole printed in Gold, on semi stiff card which shows evidence on the verso of having been removed from a scrap album.

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The first separate printing of this 8 verse poem by the American poet and leader of the Anti-Slavery Movement William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) on the fate of an African Chief who has been taken into slavery. The subject referred to was the brother of Yarradee, King of the Solima Nation who was brought in chains to be sold at the market at Rio Ponges where he endeavours to buy his freedom but without success. The poem is referred to in the Cambridge Companion to Slavery in America as first published in a collected volume of poems in 1826. However we have traced a printing of this poem in 1825 in the African Repository.