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Pamphlet]. Slavery in the United States: Its Evils, Alleviations, and Remedies. Reprinted from the North American Review, Oct., 1851.

Peabody, Ephraim]

Published by Boston. Charles C. Little and James Brown. ., 1851
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36 pp. Large 12mo. Ephraim Peabody (180756), the author of this pamphlet was the son of a New Hampshire blacksmith. He became a prominent New England Unitarian minister, later the beloved minister of King' Chapel in Boston. A graduate of Phillips Academy at Exeter, Bowdoin and Harvard Divinity School he was a strong supporter of rational Christianity, the liberal Unitarian position. He served in Pennsylvania, the West (Cincinnati) and married the granddaughter of Elias Haskett Derby, the first American millionaire. His daughter married Charles Eliot, later the President of Harvard. He suffered from tuberculosis and moved about to essay a cure, but failed. He died young of the disease. Peabody had helped plan the Boston public school system. He had a wide group of friends including Frderick T. Gray and the circle about William Ellery Channing. His sensitivity to the poor and deprived in society was heightened by this exposure and he founded the Boston Provident Society, to succor the poor. In 1849 he wrote an essay in strong support of Frederick Douglass and, here in 1851, an attack on slavery. He saw slavery as woven deeply into the fabric and institutions of our society. It had, accordingly a disastrous influence on our people, both Black and White. He showed his Enlightenment base in dealing with the issues on the basis of rights and duties. Peabody acknowledged that States Rights was the operant principle, but it would be too long to await the growth of an emancipation party in the South. The Border states showed increasingly a decline in slavery, but with economic concerns paramount and cotton being "king", the growth of other industries should lessen the institution of slavery. Colonization in Africa, financed by the government, might help Emancipation, but it might remove those free Black leaders who might be helpful to lead the Black community out of slavery. Colonization n Jamaica might be more readily successful. However the preservation of the Union is critical to the welfare of both Blacks and Whites. The then current strife has heightened the sensitivity of all to notions of justice, personal rights and constitutional law. The author's hope is that such attention, in a united nation will lead to the growth of notions of justice and of freedom for all. Loss of 1 1/2" from top of front cover without loss of text. Soiling of covers. Wear at lower end of spine. Else, Very Good. Appl. Cycl. Am. Biog., Dumond, p. 90. Bookseller Inventory # 10856

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Title: Pamphlet]. Slavery in the United States: Its...

Publisher: Boston. Charles C. Little and James Brown. .

Publication Date: 1851

Binding: Tan Printed paper wraps.

Edition: First Edition.

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