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Child, Lydia Maria Francis (1802-1880) The right way the safe way, proved by emancipation in the British West Indies, and elsewhere.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06219 Author/Creator: Child, Lydia Maria Francis (1802-1880) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Book Date: 1862 Pagination: 1 v. : 108 p. ; 19 x 12.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Regarding emancipation, Child writes, "Leaving the obvious considerations of justice and humanity entirely out of the question, I ask whether experience has not proved it to be a measure of plain, practical good sense, and sound policy... Free labor has so obviously the advantage, in all respects, over slave labor, that posterity will marvel to find in the history of the nineteenth century any record of a system so barbarous, so clumsy, and so wasteful." Third edition, bound with string, which is broken.

People: Child, Lydia Maria Francis, 1802-1880

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: TranscendentalistMorality and EthicsFinanceEconomicsAmerican Anti-Slavery Society MemberWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsCaribbeanEmancipationSlaveryAfrican American HistoryAbolitionLaborReform Movement

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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