New York: Published by John S. Taylor, 1836. Second edition. The present work is the abolitionist movement’s first full-scale analysis of slavery, which called for the immediate emancipation of slaves without compensation to their owners and argued for admitting African Americans into an equal membership in society. The first edition (Boston: Allen and Ticknor) was published in 1833. Two full-page engravings, one of barbaric restrains and slaves stowed upon a ship and the other of a slave at work. Light wear to spine extremities, corners very slightly rubbed. Spine toned, a bit of toning to cloth, some foxing. A very good copy. Publisher’s brown cloth decoratively stamped in blind, gilt-lettered spine. Twelvemo. 216 pp. Item #16087
In An Appeal In Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans, Child’s analysis of slavery was extensive; it included slavery’s historical moral, political, legal, economic, and racial perspectives. Throughout the work, the author condemned prevalent racial prejudice and racist ideology as well. As a result, Child lost many of the readers of her previous works, was socially ostracized, and saw the failure of her children’s magazine. However, the book was a success in the sense that it managed to encourage many people to join the abolitionist movement. Child spent several years researching An Appeal and often drew from William Lloyd Garrison’s antislavery newspaper The Liberator and likely David Walker’s 1829 Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World.