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By Thomas G. Mitchell

This publication is a story historical past of the thirty-year fight to outlaw slavery, beginning with the founding of the yankee Anti-Slavery Society in 1834 and increasing until eventually the abolition of slavery within the usa on the finish of the Civil War.

The middle of the publication contains sections: 1) the 20-year political fight to limit slavery via a succession of anti-extensionist events beginning in 1840 with the founding of the freedom social gathering, extending in the course of the loose Soil celebration (1848-54) and finishing with Abraham Lincoln being elected president as a Republican at the comparable easy platform because the Liberty occasion in 1844. 2) The fight by means of abolitionists to take advantage of the outbreak of the Civil warfare as an opportunity to rid the rustic of slavery utilizing the administrative wartime powers of the presidency.

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The delegates did not bother to vote on a platform, so as not to tie down Taylor to any policy commitments that could hurt his chance of election. They then adjourned to celebrate and parade. Fifteen angry delegates from Massachusetts, Maine, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio remained behind in the Chinese Theater where the convention was held to plan a splinter movement. 9 THREE CONVENTIONS IN JUNE Three conventions were held within days of each other in late June in Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York in order to organize for a new party.

Massachusetts would spurn the bribe that was to be offered to her [of a vice presidential nominee] . . ’’ After several interruptions he continued. Because not a single Southern delegate had voted for a Northern Whig for the nomination, he declared, ‘‘The free states will no longer submit. ’’ Then Henry Wilson, another Massachusetts Conscience Whig, stood up on a table and amid the confusion and din caused by an antislavery resolution shouted out a short speech. ‘‘I am here prepared to support a Whig for president.

Hale was the candidate of both the traditionalists and the Cincinnati clique. He was acceptable to the former because of both his merger with the New Hampshire Liberty Party and his answers to his group of interrogators. 89 Bailey, as was customary for him, did not attend the Liberty convention in Buffalo, but he did urge Chase to attend and to take charge of the platform committee. Bailey merely wished to hold the party together, long enough to be able to organize fusion with antislavery faction(s) from one or both of the two main parties.

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