1848 J. ELIZABETH JONES. Very Scarce Work Training Young Children to be Abolitionists.

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Boston: Published at the Anti-Slavery Office, 1848. First Edition. 131pp. F

One of the most important early attempts to train the young as abolitionists; predating Harriet Beecher Stowe's narrative by 5 years. 

A didactic novel for children about a Northern white family and their experiences with slavery and the abolition movement. Four of the chapters end with poems signed “B.S.J.” The author, Jane Elizabeth Hitchcock Jones (1813-1896), was a prominent abolition and women's rights lecturer. “At the suggestions of Stephen S. Foster, she wrote The Young Abolitionists (1848), a tract for children illustrating the basic facts of slavery and abolition through cheerful, sentimental dialogues” (Notable American Women, I, pp. 285).

The conversations begin:

“Mother, he asked me if I were an abolitionist. What did he mean? What is an abolitionist?”

Charming black cloth binding with blind embossing on boards and gold embossing on spine. Some general wear, but attractive and sound on the whole. 

The only other copy on the market, offered by James Cummins at $3,250.00!