New York. Dec. 18, 1865. pp.-384. Gathered signatures, string-tied as issued. Ex-Brookline Public Library, with their inkstamps on the first page, else quite clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM54743
A rare and early periodical printing of the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, contained in an issue of the NATIONAL FREEDMAN. The text of the amendment and Secretary of State William Seward's December 18 announcement that it had been ratified by the required three-quarters of state legislatures is printed on the lower half of the first page. This issue also prints a number of reports from the recently-defeated southern states giving information on the activities of Freedmen's schools. It also includes an article entitled "The Assault on Sojourner Truth," describing a recent incident in which the famed abolitionist and former slave was assaulted by a Washington, D.C. streetcar conductor, injuring her shoulder in the process. She sued for damages, resulting in a verdict that desegregated streetcars in the District of Columbia. This is the eleventh issue of the NATIONAL FREEDMAN, which was published monthly and began earlier in 1865. It was a product of the New York National Freedman's Relief Association, a leading abolitionist society.