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The Freedmen's Book

Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)

1. 00 - TO THE FREEDMEN
2. 01 - Ignatius Sancho by L. Maria Child
3. 02 - Extract from the Tenth Psalm
4. 03 - Prejudice Reproved by Lydia H. Sigourney
5. 04 - Benjamin Banneker by L. Maria Child
6. 05 - Ethiopia by Frances E. W. Harper - x
7. 06 - The Hour of Freedom by William Lloyd Garrison
8. 07 - William Boen by L. Maria Child
9. 08 - Anecdote of General Washington
10. 09 - Prayer of the Slave by Bernard Barton
11. 10 - Toussaint l'Ouverture, Part 1 by L. Maria Child
12. 11 - Toussaint l'Ouverture, Part 2 by L. Maria Child
13. 12 - Toussaint l'Ouverture, Part 3 by L. Maria Child
14. 13 - The Aspirations of Mingo by Mingo, a Slave - x
15. 14 - Bury Me in a Free Land by Frances E. W. Harper - x
16. 15 - Phillis Wheatley by L. Maria Child
17. 16 - A Pertinent Question by Frederick Douglass - x
18. 17 - The Works of Providence by Phillis Wheatley - x
19. 18 - The Dying Christian by Frances E. W. Harper - x
20. 19 - Kindness to Animals by L. Maria Child
21. 20 - James Forten by L. Maria Child
22. 21 - The Meeting in the Swamp by L. Maria Child
23. 22 - A Reasonable Request by Peter Williams - x
24. 23 - The Slave Poet by George Horton, a Slave - x
25. 24 - Ratie by Mattie Griffith
26. 25 - The Kingdom of Christ by James Montgomery
27. 26 - Progress of Emancipation in the British West Indies, Part 1 by L. Maria Child
28. 27 - Progress of Emancipation in the British West Indies, Part 2 by L. Maria Child
29. 28 - The Last Night of Slavery by James Montgomery
30. 29 - Madison Washington by L. Maria Child
31. 30 - Extract from the Virginia Bill of Rights
32. 31 - Praise of Creation by George Horton - x
33. 32 - Frederick Douglass, Part 1 by L. Maria Child
34. 33 - Frederick Douglass, Part 2 by L. Maria Child
35. 34 - How the Good Work goes on
36. 35 - Dedication Hymn by J. M. Whitefield - x
37. 36 - A Prayer by John G. Whittier
38. 37 - William and Ellen Crafts, Part 1 by L. Maria Child
39. 38 - William and Ellen Crafts, Part 2 by L. Maria Child
40. 39 - Spring by George Horton - x
41. 40 - The Good Grandmother by Harriet Jacobs - x
42. 41 - The Colored Mother's Prayer
43. 42 - William Costin
44. 43 - Education of Children by L. Maria Child
45. 44 - Thank God for Little Children by Frances E. W. Harper - x
46. 45 - Sam and Andy by Harriet Beecher Stowe
47. 46 - John Brown by L. Maria Child
48. 47 - The Air of Freedom by Frances E. W. Harper - x
49. 48 - Emancipation in the District of Columbia by James Madison Bell - x
50. 49 - The Laws of Health by L. Maria Child
51. 50 - President Lincoln's Proclamation of Emancipation by Frances E. W. Harper - x
52. 51 - New-Year's Day on the Islands of South Carolina by Charlotte L. Forten - x
53. 52 - Song of the Negro Boatmen at Port Royal, S. C. by John G. Whittier
54. 53 - Extract from Speech to Colored People in Charleston by Hon. Henry Wilson
55. 54 - Extract from Speech to Colored People in Charleston by Hon. Judge Kelly
56. 55 - Black Tom by A Yankee Soldier
57. 56 - Letter from a Freedman by Jourdon Anderson - x
58. 57 - Colonel Robert G. Shaw by Eliza B. Sedgwick
59. 58 - Advice from an Old Friend by L. Maria Child
60. 59 - Day of Jubilee by A. G. Duncan

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Summary

Lydia Maria Child, an American abolitionist, compiled this collection of short stories and poems by former slaves and noted activists as an inspiration to freed slaves. In her dedication to the freedmen, she urges those who can read to read these stories aloud to others to share the strength, courage and accomplishments of colored men and women. In that spirit, this recording aims to gives that voice a permanent record. As in the original text, the names of the colored authors are marked with an "x".