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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Let crushed Cuba arise! Substance of the speech of Gerrit Smith, in Syracuse, July 4th 1873.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.63 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Syracuse, New York Type: Printed document Date: 4 July 1873 Pagination: 2 p. ; 33.2 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith writes, "In our Fourth of July celebrations there are two events, which, far above all other events, we come together to celebrate. One of these is the deliverance of our country, nearly a century ago, from political despotism, and the other is the practical recognition by our nation, a few years since, of the grand doctrine that 'all men are created equal.'"

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: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Reform MovementAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryFourth of JulyHolidays and CelebrationsCivil RightsRevolutionary WarEmancipation ProclamationGovernment and CivicsPoliticsEmancipationUS ConstitutionUS Constitutional Amendment

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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