Know you’re A, B, Cs

This was an alphabet book published in 1846 by the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. Written by two of the society’s members, Hannah and Mary Townsend, it aimed to educate children with abolitionist ideas.

The book is prefaced with a poem, “To Our Little Readers”, that encourages readers to talk to other children and adults about ending slavery, and to refuse foods made with sugar, which was produced on plantations worked by slave labour.

Each page of the main body of the book is illustrated with two decorated upper-case letters of the English alphabet.

A version of this alphabet was printed in Belfast. To find out more about this publication and the anti-slavery movement in Belfast, book the ANTI SLAVERY BELFAST TOUR!

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