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Clay, Henry (1777-1852) to Thomas Hazard re: suppression of the slave trade & colonization efforts

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05495.01 Author/Creator: Clay, Henry (1777-1852) Place Written: Washington Type: Letter signed Date: 1850/04/27 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Accompanied by FF envelope. Clay writes that that the subjects Hazard wrote about will receive little attention until the slave trade question is settled. Clay argues that the best way to stop the slave trade is by creating strong colonies on the African coast: "I believe that they [the colonies] may be instrumental not only to abolish the slave trade, but ultimately, after the lapse of a great length of time, to separate the two races of the United States."

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: American Statesmen, African American History, Slavery, Slave Trade, Africa, Segregation, Colonization

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's