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Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) The Slave Oligarchy and its usurpations. Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, November 2, 1855, in Faneuil Hall, Boston.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.001 Author/Creator: Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 1855 Pagination: 16 p. ; 22.5 x 14 cm.

Summary of Content: First edition. Printed by Buell & Blanchard, Printers, Washington, D.C. Sumner urges voters, "Are you for Freedom, or are you for Slavery? ... Above all other questions, whether national or local, it now lifts itself, directly into the path of every voter, and calls for a plain and honest reply."

People: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryAbolitionReform MovementPolitics

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