A Tribute for the Negro: being a Vindication of the Moral, Intellectual, and Religious Capabilities of the Coloured Portion of Mankind.

ARMISTEAD Wilson (1848.)


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Deluxe edition. Extra-illustrated with twelve engravings instead of ten. 8vo. Black morocco, recased with original upper board & spine laid down, elaborately gilt, a.e.g., corners strengthened, some paper edges repaired, some toning and dampstaining to plates, new endpapers. A good copy. xxxv, [i], 564pp. Manchester, William Irwin,

A corollary to standard abolitionist material which focused on the inhumanity of slavery, are works that instead promote the intellectual achievements of African Americans. Abigail Mott's Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Color ... (New York, 1833) is one example, as is, more obviously, Joseph Lavallée's The Negro Equalled by Few Europeans (1801). Similar works continued to be published into the twentieth century, such as A.E. Patterson's The Possibilities of the American Negro (1903).


Like many Quakers before him, Wilson Armistead (1819-1868) became interested in the abolition of the slave trade, founding the Leeds Antislavery Society in 1853, which was one of the few to admit women. He contributed to the Antislavery Advocate and he hosted a number of prominent American abolitionists including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.


There are one hundred and fifty biographies here including many well-known names - Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Cinque, Toussaint L'ouverture, Phillis Wheatley, and Ignatius Sancho - in addition to others for whom this work provides a lasting testament.


Sabin, 2007.



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