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Radical Political Abolitionists. Convention (1855 : Syracuse, N.Y.) Abolition documents. Number one. Principles and measures.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.22 Author/Creator: Radical Political Abolitionists. Convention (1855 : Syracuse, N.Y.) Place Written: Syracuse, New York Type: Printed document Date: 28 June 1855 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23.4 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Created at the convention from 26-28 June. The abolitionists declare, "We...maintain that there can be no legitimate civil government, rightfully claiming support and allegiance as such, that is not authorized, nay, that is not morally and politically bound, to prohibit and suppress slaveholding."

Background Information: John Brown, Gerrit Smith, Frederick Douglass, and James McCune Smith were key figures in the June 1855 Radical Political Abolitionist convention.

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
Smith, James McCune, 1813-1865
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Brown, John, 1800-1859

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SlaveryAfrican American HistoryAbolitionGovernment and CivicsMorality and EthicsReform MovementJohn Brown

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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