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Buchanan Administration : Slavery and Abolition in America

Administration of james buchanan (1857- 1851)

  • James Buchanan: Two of the six images of James Buchananon this page show him as the Democratic candidate for president in 1856.

  • President James Buchanan: Six more images of President James Buchanan as the fifteenth president of the United States, including two scenes of his inaugural procession in Washington, D.C.

  • President Buchanan: Six more illustrations of President Buchanan, the only president who never married.

Slavery and Abolition in America

Please Note: While looking through the images on slavery, please keep in mind the biases, prejudices, and stereotypes commonly held by authors and illustrators of the time. The primary source material comes from books published as early as 1840. Many of these images depict scenes of human cruelty, which are painful to imagine. Some of the captions include language we consider unacceptable today. Nevertheless, I feel that it is of historical importance to present the images as authentically as possible, without censorship, so that we don't forget the suffering that human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another or allow ourselves to forget that these events happened.

  • History of Slavery: The History of Slavery is shown through six images including a colonial slave market, the domestic slave trade, and a slave auction.

  • Slavery in America: These illustrations of Slavery in America show a slave auction in New Orleans, workers on a sugar plantation, and the effects of the Fugitive Slave Law, as well as a color map showing the expansion of slave soil between 1790 to 1860.

  • American Slavery: These pictures of American Slavery show scenes of men and women harvesting rice and sugar cane. There are also three maps showing the expansion of slavery and secession.

  • Nat Turner: Here you'll find three illustrations of Nat Turner, an American slave, who led a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 1831.

  • Amistad Revolt: These six pictures relate to the Amistad Revolt, a rebellion of slaves on board the Spanish schooner Amistad in 1839, which led to a "freedom suit" involving international issues and parties, as well as United States law.

  • The Underground Railroad: Six illustrations of events pertaining to The Underground Railroad, an informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada. Scenes include a desperate conflict in a barn, the resurrection of Henry Box Brown, and twenty-eight fugitives escaping from Maryland.

  • Pictures of the Underground Railroad: These six Pictures of the Underground Railroad present illustrations of many daring and courageous escapes made by African-Americans and their families.

  • Underground Railroad Pictures: Six more Underground Railroad Pictures including photographs of houses and caves used for hiding.

  • Underground Railroad Maps: Here are five Underground Railroad Maps of routes through Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, among others.

  • Conductors on the Underground Railroad: The Conductors on the Underground Railroad where men and women, black and white, who helped guide slaves to freedom. This page contains portraits of nine of these conductors.

  • People of the Underground Railroad: This page has portraits of six more People of the Underground Railroad who risked their lives to aid the fugitives.

  • Pictures of Harriet Tubman: This page contains Pictures of Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue more than seventy slaves by way of the Underground Railroad.

  • Sojourner Truth: This page has six portraits of Sojourner Truth, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist, who was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. She helped recruit black troops for the Union Army, and after the war, tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.

  • Anti-Slavery Movement: Among the images on this page you'll find illustrations of prominent members of the of Anti-Slavery Movement, including Lunsford Lane, William Wells Brown, and Rush R. Sloan.

  • The Abolitionist Movement: The Abolitionist Movement was devoted to the end of slavery. This page contains pictures of people working towards that goal, such as Jacob C. White, Grace Anne Lewis, and Mrs. Francis E. W. Harper.

  • Famous Abolitionists: Nine more images of Famous Abolitionists, including Lewis Tappan, George Latimer, and Edwin H. Coates.

  • Abolitionists: Nine more drawings of Abolitionists such as J. R. Ware, Samuel R. Ward, and a drawing of an anti-slavery meeting held on Boston Common.

  • The Life of Frederick Douglass: These scenes from the The Life of Frederick Douglass are from an illustrated version of his autobiography and show nine scenes from his cildhood up to his later years as an United States Marshal.

  • Frederick Douglass: Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement. This page contains nine portraits of the man.

  • Pictures of Frederick Douglass: Six more Pictures of Frederick Douglass, who actively supported women's suffrage, and after the Civil War, worked on behalf of equal rights for freedmen and held multiple public offices.

  • John Greenleaf Whittier: John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. This page has drawings of the man and his birthplace in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

  • John Whittier: In 1833 John Whittier published the anti-slavery pamphlet Justice and Expediency and dedicated the next twenty years of his life to the abolitionist cause. This page has four more portraits and two more illustrations of his home.

  • William Lloyd Garrison: This page contains six images of William Lloyd Garrison--journalist and social reformer, and a copy of the masthead for his abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator.

  • Lucretia Mott: Lucretia Mott was an abolitionist and reformer who considered slavery an evil and refused to use cotton cloth, cane sugar, and other slavery-produced goods. Seven images of this Quaker woman can be found on this page.

  • Henry Ward Beecher: This page contains six illustrations of Henry Ward Beecher, a foe of slavery and bigotry of all kinds, as well as brother to writer Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  • Wendell Phillips: Six images of Wendell Phillips abolitionist and talented orator, who stopped practicing law in order to fully dedicate himself to the anti-slavery movement.

  • Horace Greeley: Horace Greeley was editor of the New York Tribune, which was considered one of America's most influential newspapesr from the 1840's to the 1870's. Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties, as well as opposition to slavery.

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin: The anti-slavery book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850's, as well as popularizing racial stereotypes. Here you'll find nine illustrations from various copies of the book.

  • Bleeding Kansas: Bleeding Kansas refers to a series of violent events, involving anti-slavery Free-Staters and pro-slavery "Border Ruffians," that took place in the Kansas Territory and the western frontier towns of the U.S. state of Missouri roughly between 1854 and 1858. This page shows people of Kansas determined to resist, voting in Kickapooo, men moving into Kansas to vote, and a slavery debate in congress.

  • Bloody Kansas: This page has six more images of Bloody Kansas, also known as the Kansas Civil War or Border War, including a picture of the Marais de Cygnes Massacre, border ruffians invading Kansas, and more.

  • Charles Sumner: Charles Sumner was an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, who lead anti-slavery forces in Massachusetts and was a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. This page contains seven images of his life and two of his death.

  • John Brown Abolitionist: This page has seven pictures of John Brown the Abolitionist, including a drawing of his log cabin and a photo of his fort at Harper's Ferry.

  • Harper's Ferry Raid: The Harper's Ferry Raid was an attempt by John Brown to start an armed slave revolt by seizing the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry in Virginia in 1859. This page has various scenes from his failed attempt.

  • John Brown Pictures: Nine more John Brown Pictures show vignettes of his trial and his execution. John Brown was the first white man to use violence in an attempt to end slavery, and many considered him a martyr to this cause.

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