Antislavery Politics in Antebellum and Civil War America by Thomas G. Mitchell

By Thomas G. Mitchell

This ebook is a story heritage of the thirty-year fight to outlaw slavery, beginning with the founding of the yank Anti-Slavery Society in 1834 and lengthening till the abolition of slavery within the usa on the finish of the Civil War.

The center of the e-book includes sections: 1) the 20-year political fight to limit slavery via a succession of anti-extensionist events beginning in 1840 with the founding of the freedom celebration, extending in the course of the loose Soil occasion (1848-54) and finishing with Abraham Lincoln being elected president as a Republican at the similar uncomplicated platform because the Liberty occasion in 1844. 2) The fight by way of abolitionists to take advantage of the outbreak of the Civil battle as an opportunity to rid the rustic of slavery utilizing the administrative wartime powers of the presidency.

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A single informal ballot of the Committee of Conferees was taken. Van Buren had 244, Hale 183, and 42 votes were scattered among various candidates. Liberty men, except for Stanton, Chase, and Leavitt, voted for Hale. The Barnburners voted for Van Buren. And the Whigs split their votes—most supporting Van Buren—between the two candidates. 17 Chase had warned Hale before the October 1847 Liberty convention that he should not accept the Liberty nomination if he wished to win the nomination of a wider antislavery coalition.

The faction press went into motion whipping up emotions against Cass. The more reserved Liberty Party’s National Era proclaimed on June 8: ‘‘The Baltimore Convention has accomplished a feat which will long be remembered among the remarkable events in the political history of the country. ’’11 This turned out to be very premature. Democratic dissidents from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin as well as a handful of Clay supporters from the New York Whig Party showed up in Utica.

It started with 8,000 subscribers and by September had almost increased its subscriptions by half to 11,000. Bailey established cordial relations with both the Washington press corps and the social elite in Washington. 63 Within a year of its founding, the paper had surpassed both the Washington Union and the Washington National Intelligencer in circulation. It traded copies with over sixty Southern newspapers, so that Bailey was able to get editorials and news to quote for his paper and in turn have his paper quoted all over the South.

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