Images from The Slave's Friend

Published by the American Anti-Slavery Society

New York: R. G. Williams & the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836-1838.

This cheap -- one cent a copy -- monthly was designed to appeal to young children. Each sixteen-page issue featured about a dozen short sketches, stories and poems, illustrated with fairly crude woodcuts. The illustrations here are all those from the short life of the periodical that depicted blacks -- as Africans, as American slaves, and as free blacks in the north or the Caribbean. Many of these illustrations were used in more than one issue. Click on any of the images at left to see a larger version of the illustration.