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Massachusetts 54th Regiment... colored soldiers...

Much on Toussaint L'Ouverture by Wendell Phillips...

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April 03, 1863

THE LIBERATOR, Boston, April 3, 1863  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).

This issue has content concerning the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The 54th Massachusetts saw extensive federal service in the Union Army during the Civil War, being one of the first official black units in the United States military. The regiment was authorized in March, 1863, by the governor of Massachusetts, John A. Andrew, and was commanded by Colonel Robert Shaw. In 1989 a movie was made on this regiment, titled "Glory", starring Matthew Broderick.

Among the various articles within are a small one with head: "The Colored Regiment" which notes: "There are now four full companies in the colored regiment, at Readville...en route for the camp of the 54th (colored) Regiment at Readville. They were recruited by "Frederick Douglass, by whom they were accompanied." (see)

There is also: "Selling Massachusetts Colored Boys Into Slavery" with related text (see).

And: "The Work to Be Done" which includes in part: "...I find a great deal of...anti-negro sentiment in the army...Part of it arises from judging the negroes by a false standard..." with much more (see).

"The Negro Soldiers" includes: "The more I see of our colored regiments & the more I converse with our soldiers, the more convinced I am that upon them we must ultimately rely as the principal source of our strength..." with more (see).
There is also: "Resolves Concerning Massachusetts Soldiers", "Massacre, the Natural Result of the 'Proclamation' ", and: "The Cherokee Lesson" (see).

The back page has much on Toussaint L'Ouverture by Wendell Phillips taking the entire back page. This is a one-of-a-kind look at this historic figure in world history.

Great to have this content in an anti-slavery newspaper.
Scattered foxing, a bit irregular at the spine margin.

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