Boston: Prentiss & Deland, 1863. 22pp, stitched in original printed wrappers. Light vertical fold, else Fine.
The first Report on the remarkable work of this organization, describing educational efforts with freedmen in Port Royal, South Carolina, one of the coastal areas liberated by the North in late 1861. "Left behind by their owners were some ten thousand contrabands who soon became part of an abolitionist experiment in freedmen's education and cotton planting with free labor...Abolitionists organized freedmen's aid societies which sent teachers and labor superintendents to these islands..." [McPherson. Battle Cry of Freedom 371, 498].
This document includes the Constitution of the Commission, its officers [several of whom were women], and a description of its activities. The teachers taught "about three thousand children." "Several plantations, amounting in all to about two thousand acres, were purchased by the freedmen themselves, at the Government sale for taxes...and these freeholds are being cultivated this season, in corn and cotton, by these men who, less than two years since were slaves without hope of deliverance..."
Sabin 25739. LCP 7050. Not in Work or Blockson. Item #34444