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Channing, William Ellery (1780-1842) The duty of the Free States, or remarks suggested by the case of the Creole

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06835 Author/Creator: Channing, William Ellery (1780-1842) Place Written: Boston Type: Pamphlets Date: 1842 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: In original wrappers. Channing argues in favor of the slaves who had taken over the Creole, a slave ship. Steering towards the British West Indies, they won freedom under British law, even though the U.S. attempted to reclaim them. Blockson Collection 9370, Dumon p. 36.

People: Channing, William E.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Transcendentalist, Religion, Law, Government and Civics, Reform Movement, Morality and Ethics, Abolition, African American History, Slavery, Mutiny, Slave Trade, Slave Rebellion, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Caribbean, Maritime

Sub Era: Age of Jackson