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Unknown [Minutes of an Anti-Slavery Society meeting, related to the formation of the Liberty Party]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06593.20 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: New York Type: Manuscript document Date: circa 1840-1841 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.2 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Names officers for the society, including J.C. Jackson (possibly the abolitionist James Caleb Jackson). Mentions passing three resolutions. In left margin, notes that another resolution will be discussed in the evening. Written in ink. At the bottom of the page, contains a resolution written in graphite: "Resolved, That the present position & movements of the two great political parties of the day are such as to promise no hope to the Friends of Liberty, & that these circumstances fully justify the organization of a Liberty party." Circa date and location inferred from content.

Background Information: Some members of the Anti-Slavery Society were dissatisfied with the radical leadership of William Lloyd Garrison, and in 1839 formed a rival organization, the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. The following ...year they formed their own political party, the Liberty Party. See More

People: Jackson, James Caleb, 1811-1895

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistoryAbolitionSlaveryReform MovementPoliticsGovernment and Civics

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