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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Letter of Gerrit Smith, to the Liberty Party of New-Hampshire

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.32 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 18 March 1848 Pagination: 3 p. ; 31.9 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Criticizes the Liberty Party of New Hampshire for voting for slaveholders. Encourages the state to reconstruct a "true" liberty party, "a Party, which will sooner perish than vote for a proslavery man- and a Party, too, which will practically recognize the doctrine of the equal rights of all men."

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: Civil RightsLibertyReform MovementAfrican American HistorySlaveryAbolitionPoliticsElectionGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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