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Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) The barbarism of slavery. Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, on the Bill for the admission of Kansas as a free state.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08445.01 Author/Creator: Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 1860 Pagination: 1 v. : 32 p. ; 22.7 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Disbound. Printed by Buell & Blanchard. Senator Sumner declares, "When last I entered into this debate, it became my duty to expose the Crime against Kansas, and to insist upon the immediate admission of that Territory as a State of this Union, with a Constitution forbidding slavery. Time has passed; but the question remains."

Background Information:

People: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: KansasMissouriBleeding KansasSlaveryAfrican American HistoryAmerican StatesmenAbolitionStatehoodWestward ExpansionState ConstitutionGovernment and CivicsLaw

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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