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Africans [blacks] celebrate the abolition of the slave trade...



Item # 682423

July 13, 1812

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, July 13, 1812  The most notable content is on page 3 headed: "Thanksgiving" which begins: "The Africans in Boston will keep a Thanksgiving in commemoration of the abolition of the Slave Trade, to-morrow...The Procession will form..." with further details.
Rare to find such reports with specific mention of the "Africans" [blacks] in celebration. This is believed to be the first of which became, for a time, an annual celebration. Offensive parodies of this event began appearing at these celebrations as early as 1815 to as late as 1831. Nice to have a report from the city (Boston) in which the event occurred.
Additionally, the front page has three Acts of Congress signed by President James Madison, One for: "Making further provision for the Army of the United States" from this early period in the War of 1812. Other war-related items on page 2.

Complete in 4 pages, scattered foxing, but in overall good condition.

Item from Catalog 311 (released for October, 2021)...

Category: Pre-Civil War