To the Mob-Defying Abolitionists.
Title:To the Mob-Defying Abolitionists.
Date:April 5th 1861
This poem by the British Quaker and abolitionist writer Jane Ashby (real name Anna Gardner 1816-1901), adds to international pressure for the cause of abolition and suggests a universal moral imperative. Ashby was a prominent contributor to the abolitionist northern Liberator newspaper, and often commented on areas where there was international co-operation, such as American aid for victims of the Cotton Famine (see ‘Lines’ and ‘The Lancashire Operative’). At this point just before the outbreak of the American Civil War this kind of poetry’s expression of popular opinion was a contributing factor to international discourse. – SR