James Monroe Whitfield

James Monroe Whitfield was born April 10, 1822 in New Hampshire. A contemporary of Frederick Douglass, in addition to being a poet, he was active in the abolitionist movement and many of his poems advocate against slavery. His poems were published in multiple newspapers, and he published one volume of verse, America and Other Poems (1853). He died on April 23, 1871 in San Francisco, California.