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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Second Letter of Gerrit Smith to the New-York Tribune

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.37 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 31 July 1855 Pagination: 4 p. ; 31 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Addresses grievances he holds against the Tribune: "The 'error', 'weaknesses', 'eccentricities', 'excessive passion' or 'monomania', which you attribute to me, have, doubtless, had not a little to do in encouraging you to select me as the person, on whom to vent your ill humors, and practice your weapons of ridicule and detraction." Smith's feud with the Tribune was ongoing throughout his political career.

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: Reform MovementAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryPoliticsJournalism

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