The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom (Illustrated)

The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom Illustrated Of all the questions which have interested and divided the people of the United States none since the foundation of the Federal Union has been so important so far reaching and so long contested as

  • Title: The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom (Illustrated)
  • Author: Wilbur H. Siebert
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Of all the questions which have interested and divided the people of the United States, none since the foundation of the Federal Union has been so important, so far reaching, and so long contested as slavery During the first half of the nineteenth century the other great national questions were nearly all economic taxation, currency, banks, transportation, lands, and theyOf all the questions which have interested and divided the people of the United States, none since the foundation of the Federal Union has been so important, so far reaching, and so long contested as slavery During the first half of the nineteenth century the other great national questions were nearly all economic taxation, currency, banks, transportation, lands, and they had a strong material basis, a flavor of self interest but though slavery had also an economic side, the reasons for the onslaught upon it were chiefly moral The first objection brought by the slave power against the anti slavery propaganda was the cry of the sacredness of vested and property rights against attack by sentimentalists but what dignified the whole contest was the very fact that the sentiment for human rights was at the bottom of it, and that the abolitionists felt a moral responsibility even though property owners suffered The slavery question, which in origin was sectional, became national as the moral issues grew clearer and finally loomed up as the dominant question through the determination of both sides to use the power and prestige of the national government From the moral agitation came also the personal element in the struggle, the development of strong characters, like Calhoun, Toombs, Stephens and Jefferson Davis on one side like Lundy, Lovejoy, Garrison, Giddings, Sumner, Chase, John Brown and Lincoln on the other.

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