Browse Exhibits (6 total)

British Poets


This exhibit shares poems from these publications written by British poets. 

Poems like "The Homes of England" and "Joy to Queen Victoria" reference the way many black people in the United States viewed Britain, which abolished slavery before the United States, as a freer and more liberated place. Correspondence is sometimes alluded to in these entries. It is important to recognize the relationship that American print culture had with British periodicals, especially in terms of abolition. Poetry from non-Americans reveal the reading practices of various editors, as they sometimes reprinted items from British newspapers.

Additionally, this category also reveals the influence of British writers, especially in the case of Romanticism.

Deaths and Elegies

This exhibit features poems that memorialize the dead. These poems are organized into two categories: named and unnamed subjects.

Hymns and Songs


This exhibit gathers poems described as songs or hymn, and a few entries which include sheet music. Many of these entries include a description of where the song was sung, such as schoolhouses or anti-slavery meetings.



Pen Names

Women Poets


This exhibit catalogues female poets who contributed or were reprinted in these periodicals. While some women are credited by their husband's name (e.g. "Mrs. Dugald Stewart"), I have attempted to credit them by name.