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Spooner, Lysander Review of Lysander Spooner on the Unconstitutionality of Slavery…

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09299 Author/Creator: Spooner, Lysander Place Written: s.l. Type: Pamphlet Date: 1837 Pagination: 95 p.

Summary of Content: Spooner argues that certain "clauses in the United States Constitution universally supposed to refer to and recognize Slavery [have made] 'the preservation, propagation, and perpetuation of Slavery the vital and animating spirit of the National Government.'"


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: US ConstitutionSlaveryAbolitionAfrican American HistoryLawReform Movement

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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