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Object of the MonthJuly

“Shamefully abus’d”: Bobolition Day Broadsides

This broadside, published in 1818, satirizes the African Society of Boston’s annual celebration of the abolition of the slave trade, a tradition that began in 1808. It is one example of a genre of broadsides mocking free blacks in the early years of the nineteenth century. More


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