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Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?

This illustration from an abolitionist book was a variation on the original 1787 seal of the British Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The original organization symbol, showing a supplicant male slave, was designed by the famous British potter Josiah Wedgwood and in the form of cameos (a carved item of jewelry) became a popular personal expression of opposition to slavery in the United States.

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Source | George Bourne, Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?, 1838, wood engraving, Slavery Illustrated in Its Effects upon Women (Boston, 1837), from Picturing U.S. History,
Creator | George Bourne
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | George Bourne, “Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed October 1, 2023,

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