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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) to President Green, Whitesboro

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.48 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 4 April 1849 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.9 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Addresses a chief difference: "You have none, whilst I have the utmost confidence, in the capabilities of the masses to take care of themselves."

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
Green, President, fl. 1849

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Reform MovementAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlavery

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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