Title: The Anti-Slavery Movement in Kentucky Prior ...
Publisher: Negro Universities Press , New York
Publication Date: 1970
Small 4to. Blue cloth. 165pp. Tables. Fine. Tight and handsome facsimile reprint of "Filson Club Publication Number Twenty-Nine," first published in 1918. Bookseller Inventory # 33692
Synopsis: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X While slavery was introduced into Kentucky with the first settlers, the slaves constituted a comparatively small and unimportant element of the population before 1792. The early settlers, although coming largely from the slave state of Virginia, were men of moderate means and were consequently small or non-slaveholders. Furthermore, the prevalent pioneer conditions were not conducive to the development of so aristocratic an institution as slavery. Since the country was ill adapted to the plantation system, domestic slavery generally prevailed. And since the cultivation of tobacco, which alone of the chief agricultural products was suited to the extensive application of slave labor, was ruinous to the soil, considerable opposition was early manifested to its wide production in the state. In Kentucky, as in other sections of the country before 1792, people generally were hostile to slavery and anxiously looked forward to its final abolition. It was condemned not only by Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Marshall, Jay, and other prominent men but by the leading religious denominations of the country, many of which took vigorous action toward its ultimate elimination. As long as Kentucky remained an integral part of Virginia, there was little opportunity for anti-slavery effort. No sooner, however, had the question of the admission of Kentucky into the Union as an independent state been settled and the election of delegates ordered in 1792 to the convention to frame Kentucky's first constitution than the opponents of slavery launched a movement for constitutional emancipation. In many of the convention elections, the slavery issue received considerable attention and several candidates favorable to emancipation were elected. Under the leadership of the...
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