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The Abolitionists Together With Personal Memories Of The Struggle For Human Rights   By: (1830-)

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THE ABOLITIONISTS

TOGETHER WITH PERSONAL MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

1830 1864

BY JOHN F. HUME

G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK AND LONDON The Knickerbocker press 1905

FOREWORD

The opening chapter of this work was prepared during the recent presidential campaign. It was the idea of the author that it should appear in one of the leading newspapers or magazines before the election, but maturer reflection brought about a change of purpose. He realized that its publication at that time, might, not altogether unreasonably, be looked upon as a political move having as its object the election or defeat of a particular candidate for office, whereas he had no desire to play the partisan. His sole aim was to vindicate the character of a portion of the citizens of this country some living, some dead whom he had always believed to be most deserving of popular esteem, from what he considered the unmerited aspersions of a man who has since come into a position so conspicuous and so influential that his condemnation necessarily carries with it a damaging effect.

Having gone so far as the preparation of the initial chapter, he concluded that proofs of his assumptions and assertions might at certain points be thought desirable, if not necessary, and that he should so prolong his work as to provide them. His first idea at this point, as his years went back beyond the beginning of the Abolitionist movement in this country, and as he had been from early boyhood identified with this movement, was to contribute such information as his recollection of events would supply. In other words, he decided to write a narrative, the matter of which would be reminiscent, with here and there a little history woven in among the strands of memory like a woof in the warp. It has ended in history supplying the warp, and the reminiscence indifferently supplying the woof.

However, the value of the production is, doubtless, greatly enhanced by the change. A string of pearls dropping the former simile and adopting another is estimated according to the gems it contains, and not because of the cord that holds it together. The personal experiences and recollections that are here and there interwoven, by themselves would be of little consequence; but they will be found to carry upon them certain historical facts and inferences some new in themselves and in their connections which, as the author hopes and believes, are of profitable quality and abounding interest.

In consequence of the change of plan just explained, the scope of the work is materially affected. What was begun as a magazine article, and continued as a brochure, ends in a volume.

J.F.H.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., July, 1905.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE ABOLITIONISTS 1

II. THE ABOLITIONISTS WHO AND WHAT THEY WERE 15

III. ONE OF THEIR TRAITS 26

IV. PRO SLAVERY PREJUDICE 30

V. THE POLITICAL SITUATION 41

VI. ANTI SLAVERY PIONEERS 49

VII. SALMON PORTLAND CHASE 59

VIII. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS 67

IX. ANTI SLAVERY SOCIETIES 72

X. WANTED, AN ANTI SLAVERY SOCIETY 79

XI. ANTI SLAVERY ORATORS 88

XII. LINCOLN AND DOUGLAS 94

XIII. ANTI SLAVERY WOMEN 100

XIV. MOBS 108

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