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By Various, Mason Lowance

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This colleciton assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays severe to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing through William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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First, it was clear from the outset that the “colonization societies” were all white, all male, and had no intention of consulting the victims of slavery themselves about their wishes concerning removal to Africa. The first reason derives from the second, that the colonizationists were usually race theorists who considered the African inferior to the white. As historian John Thomas put it, Some Southern planters supported the American Colonization Society in the hope that exporting free Negroes would strengthen the institution of slavery, while Northern philanthropists endorsed colonization in the equally futile expectation that it would purify American democracy by ridding the country of slaves.

The “antislavery movement” grew up during this period to oppose all aspects of slavery and the slave trade, but its moral arguments and influence were not sufficient to overcome the “Slave Power” of the Southern states and the economic demand for slave labor induced by Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in the 1790s and the worldwide demand for cotton goods. Like Virginia tobacco, which was exported to England and Europe even during the years of the American Revolution, American cotton exports were extensive in the first half of the nineteenth century and gave enormous power to the slaveholding states, who were able not only to retain the institution in their plantation societies, but also to persuade Congress to grant slaveholding privileges to some of the new territories being secured by the federal government, such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Annexation of Texas.

Brown was often compared to Douglass, and while Douglass controlled the journalistic and political end of the ex-slave abolitionist spectrum, Brown was a prominent contributor to its literature. Clotel was reissued in 1860 as Miralda, or the Beautiful Quadroon. Brown spent his adult life as a fugitive slave, escaped from bondage, in the service of the abolitionist movement as a speaker and writer. Brown’s popular works joined Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin as “non-fiction novels” that dramatized the damning effects of slavery on both the owners and the slaves.

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