Category Archives: Abolitionism

June 29, 1865: Ending slavery in Kentucky

The New York Times reports a speech by Kentucky governor Bramlette. He advocates ratification of the 13th Amendment and establishing a free labor system. I’m not sure what his point was about the ownership of land; was he advocating redistribution … Continue reading

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May 11, 1865: The Anti-Slavery Society doesn’t disband

Wendell Phillips ************************************ William Lloyd Garrison proposes that his Anti-Slavery Society disband, its purpose fulfilled. Frederick Douglass presciently points out that unfavorable legislation can re-impose slavery on black men in all but name. The society vote down disbandment, and elect … Continue reading

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May 9, 1865: Antislavery Society — Garrison’s speech

The New York Times reports on the meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society. After introductory prayers and hymns, Wendell Phillips spoke; next came William Lloyd Garrison, founder and president of the organization. He announced that abolitionism was over with the … Continue reading

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May 9, 1865: Antislavery society — Wendell Phillips’ speech

In the New York Times , the first meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society after then end of the war was held in New York. The first speaker (after prayers and hymns) was Wendell Phillips. He celebrated the freedom of … Continue reading

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March 30, 1865: Beecher wants to go to Charleston

The prominent abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher is anxious to go to Charleston for the planned celebration of the recapture of Fort Sumter. It’s a big occasion, and he seems a bit impatient with the Secretary of War for not getting … Continue reading

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March 9, 1865: Abolition will make us like Canada

The Richmond Daily Dispatch speculates about the consequences of abolition for the American economy. There was considerable discussion throughout this period of the relative merits and productivity of free vs enslaved labor. Poundage of cotton picked per hand peaked in … Continue reading

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December 30, 1864: Sherman and the “negroes”

News of the incident at Ebenezer Creek, where Jeff C. Davis took up the pontoon bridge, abandoning hundreds of escaped slaves to recapture by Wheeler’s cavalry or drowning, has reached the north. Sherman is under considerable criticism from abolitionists in … Continue reading

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December 27, 1864: Slaves will fight for their beloved masters

The Richmond Daily Dispatch gleefully reports that an opposition paper in the North says that slaves have more reason to fight for the south than the north, especially since they have such affectionate attachment to their masters. Somehow this never … Continue reading

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April 1, 1864: Yet more on miscegenation

As we’ve seen, the hoax pamphlet “Miscegenation” prompted extensive controversy in both North and South, just in time for the presidential campaign. The New York Times treated it as a joke, but some abolitionists took it as a serious, if … Continue reading

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March 31, 1864: Douglass fair in New Orleans

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that New Orleanians are honoring Frederick Douglass for his abolition work. The one-paragraph item contains 7 sets of scare quotes, so the reader will understand that the Dispatch would never refer to Douglass as “illustrious” … Continue reading

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