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Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882) An address delivered in the court-house in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1st August, 1844, on the anniversary of the emancipation of the negroes of the British West Indies

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05766 Author/Creator: Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Pamphlet Date: 1844 Pagination: 34 p. ; 22.5 x 14 cm.

Summary of Content: Speech by Emerson attacking slavery, one of his earliest statements in support of abolition. First edition. Published by James Munroe and Company.

People: Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TranscendentalistReform MovementPoetryLiterature and Language ArtsSlaveryAfrican American HistoryGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsAbolitionCaribbean

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