Anti-slav Political Writings, 1833-1860

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M.E. Sharpe - Abolitionists
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Thompson's selection of aboloitionist essays chronicles the ideological transitions leading up to the Civil War within the movement itself. Authors range from William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick ... Read full review

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The Patriarchal Institution as Described by Members of Its Own Family 1860
Lecture on Slavery No 1 1850
Selections from Slavery 1836
Declaration of Sentiments of the National AntiSlavery Convention 1833
Selections from Lectures on Slavery and its Remedy 1834
An Address to the Abolitionists of Massachusetts on the Subject of Political Action 1838
A Letter on the Political Obligation of Abolitionists with a Reply by William Lloyd Garrison 1839
Talk About Political Party 1842
Speech on Our Present AntiSlavery Duties 1850
Moral Responsibility of Statesmen 1854
What Is My Duty as an AntiSlavery Voter? and Fremont and Dayton 1856
House Divided Speech at Springfield Illinois 1858
Address to the Slaves of the United States of America 1843
No Compromise With Slavery 1854
No Rights No Duties Or Slaveholders as Such Have No Rights Slaves as Such Owe No Duties 1860
A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery 1858

Lecture Showing the Necessity for a Liberty Party and Setting Forth Its Principles Measures and Object 1844
Address of the Macedon Convention 1847
Slavery and the Constitution 1849
The Constitution of the United States Is It ProSlavery or AntiSlavery? 1860
The Two Altars Or Two Pictures in One 1851
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Page 237 - And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Page 213 - Measures, is hereby declared inoperative and void : it being the true intent and meaning of this act, not to legislate slavery into any territory or state, nor to exclude it therefrom, but to leave the people thereof perfectly free to form and regulate their domestic institutions in their own way, subject only to the constitution of the United States...
Page 217 - Why are the people of a Territory and the people of a State therein lumped together, and their relation to the Constitution therein treated as being precisely the same? While the opinion of the court, by Chief Justice Taney, in the Dred Scott case, and the separate opinions of all the concurring judges, expressly declare that the Constitution of the United States neither permits Congress nor a territorial legislature to exclude slavery from any United States Territory, they all omit to declare whether...
Page 43 - Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house ? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him ; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Page 212 - If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.
Page 234 - British earth, that the ground on which he treads is holy, and consecrated by the genius of universal emancipation. No matter in what language his doom may have been pronounced; no matter what complexion incompatible with freedom, an Indian or an African sun may have...
Page 213 - sacred right of self government, " which latter phrase, though expressive of the only rightful basis of any government, was so perverted in this attempted use of it as to amount to just this: That if any one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object.
Page xiv - Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.
Page 244 - Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves...

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