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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) To the Editors of the Emancipator, Boston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.13 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 23 August 1847 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.5 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses an extract of a letter he wrote in 1843 printed in a recent issue of the Emancipator. Pertains to Smith's views of the Liberty Party.

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PoliticsGovernment and CivicsReform MovementSlaveryAbolitionAfrican American History

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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