At the end of the 19th century, family members and associates of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison donated a number of his letters and other documents to the Boston Public Library.  They are now in the Anti-Slavery Collection. Today, the archive has grown to include roughly 40,000 items—letters, pamphlets, books, memorabilia, and even a copy of every issue of Garrison’s newspaper The Liberator.” 

Your Help is Needed

So begins an appeal from the Boston Public Library. The library is asking volunteers to help transcribe large portions of their collection. While written in English, the challenge is reading the handwriting. The task is huge but can be done. The Anti-Slavery Collection presents a comprehensive picture of the abolitionist movement leading up to, during, and after the Civil War. It also sheds light on how people felt about women’s participation in the movement. The documents highlight the opposition they faced from supporters of slavery.

If you teach history. Love to read history. Want to see history available to everyone. Click below. Add your support to this valuable project to share our common past. There is nothing like shared words of our past to light the way into the future.

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