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H. G. Adams
God's Image in Ebony: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches, Facts, Anecdotes, etc., Demonstrative of the Mental Powers and Intellectual Capacities of the Negro Race
London: Partridge and Oakey, 1854.


God's Image in Ebony (1854) is a compilation of sketches about prominent blacks. To introduce the text, editor H. G. Adams provides a history of slavery, focusing primarily on its political and religious aspects. Adams explains the works' purpose, noting that it “is an anti-slavery book, and something more; it aims at disabusing a certain portion of the public mind of what we conceive to be a pernicious error, by shewing that the Negro is morally and intellectually, as well as physically, the equal of the white man.” Adams includes biographical sketches of Toussaint L'Overture, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Phillis Wheatley and others.

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