Amistad Newspaper September 9, 1839 Appeal Friends Of Liberty Tappan Abolition For Sale
Amistad Newspaper September 9, 1839 APPEAL FRIENDS OF LIBERTY Tappan Abolition
Description: September 9, 1839 edition of theNew-York American. Single sheet, folded once to create four pages, each measuring approximately 23" x 17 3/4".
The Amistad was captured August 26, 1839 off Long Island. This newspaper documents some important early happenings in the case, especially since it was printed in New York City. It discusses, in a few paragraphs, the present status of the case and the view that "the ermine of Justice is spread over these captives--black though they be--and an almost unanimous public sentiment is watchful, that this sacred mantle receive no spot nor stain through the promptings of suggestions of 'northern men with southern principles.'"
The most fascinating and important part of this paper is this classified ad:
Lewis Tappan is considered to be the person responsible for getting theAmistad case to the Supreme Court. He founded the Friends of Amistad Africans Committee which raised funds for the captives' legal defense. This ad documents the start of that extraordinary effort. The ad is dated 5 days earlier than the paper date and there is a record of it appearing in the September 5, 1839 edition of theNew York Commercial Advertiser. Various iterations of the Appeal also appeared on broadsides throughout the city.
Condition: The paper itself is supple with some small marginal chips and tears. The spine is heavily chipped and is holding loosely.
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Amistad Newspaper September 9, 1839 Appeal Friends Of Liberty Tappan Abolition: $125