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Channing, William Ellery (1780-1842) Remarks on the slavery question, in a letter to Jonathan Phillips Esq.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.052 Author/Creator: Channing, William Ellery (1780-1842) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Pamphlet Date: 1839 Pagination: 91 p. ; 19.3 x 12.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Attacks colonizationists like Senator Henry Clay, "who dream of removing slavery by the process of draining it off to another country; a process about as reasonable as that of draining the Atlantic." He also argues that colonization confirms racial prejudice implicit in race-based slavery. Published by James Munroe and Company, Boston. Printed by Folsom, Wells, and Thurston, Cambridge. First edition.

People: Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistoryAfricaColonizationSlaveryAbolitionReform MovementTranscendentalist

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