By Thomas G. Mitchell
This booklet is a story background 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 middle of the e-book contains 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 social gathering, extending in the course of the unfastened 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 means of abolitionists to exploit the outbreak of the Civil warfare as an opportunity to rid the rustic of slavery utilizing the administrative wartime powers of the presidency.
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The idea that the Constitution was an antislavery document was based upon the text of the document combined with natural law and using reasoning from English common law and the Declaration of Independence. The argument was much more textually based than some of the judicial rulings of the last forty years, but was by no means an example of strict constructionism. But because the theorists refused to deal with the actual history of the three-fifths compromise that all lawyers were familiar with, it had very little influence outside of Liberty Party circles.
Giddings began corresponding with John Palfrey of the latter group. The following month, in June 1846, John Q. Adams told Giddings that he was too old and weak to work effectively in Congress and he wanted Giddings to take his place as the conscience of the Whig Party. That same month Giddings wrote a letter to the Ashtabula Sentinel declaring that the annexation of Texas had dissolved the Union. Giddings would be much criticized for that letter and he would come to regret it greatly. 72 In August 1846 Giddings informed Ohio Liberty men that he would never vote for another slaveholder for president and that if a Southern Whig were nominated in 1848 he would bolt the party.
For this attack, Sumner was cut off from Boston’s high society and became an outcast among the upper class social elite. In September 1846 at the state Whig convention, the Conscience Whigs nominated Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, one of their numbers, to run against Winthrop as an independent candidate. 68 Whig parties in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania all voted antiextentionist planks in their party platforms without causing any party splits. Antiextentionist refers to an opposition to the expansion of slavery outside of its then existing borders into new territories.
Antislavery Politics in Antebellum and Civil War America by Thomas G. Mitchell