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United States. Congress (26th: 1839-1841). House Report of the committee on the judiciary. Relative to the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia and in relation to the colored population of this country.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05837 Author/Creator: United States. Congress (26th: 1839-1841). House Place Written: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlet Date: 1839 Pagination: 1 v. : 14 p. ; 21.5 x 13.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Printed by Boas & Coplan. Signed on front cover by "J. H. Battain." "Slavery is justly deplored by every good man, as a great evil, and one which should be removed as speedily as the safety and welfare of the country will permit, but let it not be removed in a manner that will inevitably produce a greater evil."

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SlaveryAfrican American HistoryAbolitionWashington, D.C.Reform Movement

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