The Anti-Slavery Alphabet


The Anti-Slavery Alphabet, published in 1846,  was sold at the Anti-Slavery Fair in Philadelphia. The text was not intented to be taught in schools, rather for the children in abolishinist households, in order to teach about anti-slavery and encourage support of abolishinism in children. Because the intended audience is young children the language is simple, but clear. There are no illustrations, only letters with a simple design, with an accompanying message in the form of poetry. The book begins with a note to the "little" readers, and immediately jumps into the depiction of an alphabet whose each letter is displayed alongside the poems. The book attempts to portray slavery in a different light, by utilizing pathos to inspire sympathy in the reader. 

Attached are: image of the cover, the note to the readers, and two pages from the book that contains letters of the alphabet alongside a poem.

Associated Place(s)


  • Mary and Hannah Townsend

Image Date: 

18th century