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Poems on Slavery

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"Poems on Slavery" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a powerful collection of poems that addresses the horrors of slavery in America. Longfellow's eloquent and poignant words bring to life the suffering and resilience of those enslaved, as well as the systemic injustice and cruelty they faced. The poems serve as a reminder of the dark history of slavery and the importance of fighting against oppression and injustice. Through his beautiful and moving verses, Longfellow shines a light on a painful chapter of American history and urges readers to confront the legacy of slavery. Overall, "Poems on Slavery" is a stirring and thought-provoking work that captures the complexity of human experience and the enduring struggle for freedom and equality.

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This is a short volume of abolitionist poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published in 1842. As Wikipedia notes, Longfellow himself was not entirely satisfied with his work: "However, as Longfellow himself wrote, the poems were 'so mild that even a Slaveholder might read them without losing his appetite for breakfast'. A critic for The Dial agreed, calling it 'the thinnest of all Mr. Longfellow's thin books; spirited and polished like its forerunners; but the topic would warrant a deeper tone'. The New England Anti-Slavery Association, however, was satisfied enough with the collection to reprint it for further distribution." Despite these shortcomings, however, this volume is of historical importance and will interest many listeners. - Summary by Carolin

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