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Colonel Robert Shaw Monument... Slaves becoming soldiers...



Item # 577405

November 20, 1863

THE LIBERATOR, Boston, Massachusetts, November 20, 1863 

* Slave owners paid for enlisting their slaves for the military
* Equal pay for "colored" soldiers


This is the famous anti-slavery newspaper by famed abolitionist publisher William Lloyd Garrison. The masthead features two engravings, one of a slave auction and the other showing slaves being emancipated (see).

Page two has a notice re: funds being received for the "Shaw Monument", being a monument in honor of the late Colonel Robert Shaw of the famous Massachusetts 54th negro regiment (see images).  The notice states that the monument will be constructed of 100% Massachusetts granite.

Page three has several interesting items including a very noteworthy article headed: "The Colored Regiments" which concerns the "...deficiency in the monthly pay of the two regiments of colored soldiers from this state...". What follows is a report to the governor which includes: "...pledged to your Excellency that the said soldiers should receive the same pay, allowances, protection and treatment generally as other soldiers were entitled to...attention to one breach of these conditions...to furnish the said soldiers with the same pay & allowances which other soldiers receive..." with more (see).

Other items in this issue of interest include one beginning: "Brigham Young says that the secession war is a 'visitation from heaven upon the people because they killed the prophet of God, Joseph Smith, Jr.' Brigham is mistaken..." with a bit more (see).

Also: "Negro Recruiting in Tennessee" which includes: "...designates the following recruiting stations for the enlistment of colored troops..." and also: "...The slave-owners who offer their slaves for enlistment & have their claims allowed by the proper board will receive $300 for each slave. Those who have been rebels will not have their claims allowed..." (see).

And also: "Enlisting Slaves" which includes: "...left on Monday morning with about 200 slave negroes, who flocked on board from all parts of the country, some owners losing every one they had..." with more (see). There is also a short mention of Anna Dickinson, who was the first female to speak from the floor of Congress (see).

Great to have such slave-related content in an anti-slavery newspaper.

Complete in four pages, a few small light stains (see images), otherwise quite nice.

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