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Harmon, David Porter (1800-1869) Collection of abolitionist materials including letters, documents and printed [Decimalized .01- .29]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06143 Author/Creator: Harmon, David Porter (1800-1869) Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1844-1858 Pagination: items 1-21, 26-29

Summary of Content: Includes 15 ALS's by notable figures in abolitionist movement, large printed broadside (printing map at top) for election of 1856 (Fremont). Many of the letters discuss arrangements for lectures by abolitionists such as Lucy Stone, the Crafts, William Lloyd Garrison and others. Includes later notes and descriptions by a descendent of Harmon.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryAbolitionReform Movement

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