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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07442 Author/Creator: Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Book Date: 1797 Pagination: 9 p. 32.5 x 20.1 cm Order a Copy

Printed Quaker petition, containing letters and what is apparently the first printing of the first petition brought before Congress by free Blacks (p. 7) appealing for intervention against the Fugitive Slave Act, which is called "a Flagrant proof of how far human beings, merely on account of color and complexion, are through prevailing predjudices excluded from common justice and...humanity."


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