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Mass. Boy Sold into Slavery in 1839

You might think African Americans living in Massachusetts in 1839 would be safe from the horrors of slavery, but eight-year-old Sidney Francis of Worcester would have told you differently. The Worcester Historical Museum retells his story on the museum blog. ...

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Old Ironsides: The Poem

Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection. On Sept. 16, 1830, the Boston Daily Advertiser published the poem “Old Ironsides,” by a 21-year-old student named Oliver Wendell Holmes. Two days earlier, Holmes read in the Advertiser that the U.S.S. Constitution would ...

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