Slavery and Abolition, 1831-1841

Slavery and Abolition, 1831-1841

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Slavery and Abolition, 1831-1841

Slavery and Abolition, 1831-1841

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Except perhaps the struggle between patriots and tories at the outbreak of the Revolution, no controversy in the history of the United States has aroused such passion and led to such momentous results as that between the advocates and the opponents of slavery. Yet in its initial movement the organized propaganda, to which the term abolition is usually applied, was disassociated from political parties; and nearly a quarter of a century passed before a national election turned upon the issue of the farther territorial extension of slavery. It is therefore possible to separate from the party questions which arose during the administrations of Jackson and Van Buren the elements of the slavery contest; to sketch the conditions of the slave, of the master, and of the anti-slavery agitator; and to trace the controversy from the press and public meetings to the state governments, and thence to Congress. The book has the double purpose of describing the conditions of slavery and the state of mind of those interested for it or against it, and at the same time of recording the events which mark the anti-slavery agitation. The conditions of . . .

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