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Green, Beriah
SKETCHES OF THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF JAMES GILLESPIE BIRNEY
Jackson & Chaplin, Utica, 1844. 119, [1 blank] pp. Disbound. Title page and final leaf with some foxing, else a clean text. Good+. This is the first edition of Green's campaign biography of Birney, a pivotal figure in the political history of the abolition movement. A Kentuckian, Binney started out as a planter, became a full-fledged abolitionist by the early 1830's, and freed his slaves. He rose to prominence in the American Anti-Slavery Society. A founder of the Liberty Party in 1840, he was its presidential candidate then and in 1844, when he helped defeat Henry Clay, the Whig candidate, by taking the votes of northern Whigs dissatisfied with the Party's tepid stance on slavery and the Texas annexation. Green, himself a vigorous anti-slavery reformer, was well-suited to sing Birney's praises. His book "contains many extracts from Birney's writings," including "virtually the whole of the letter of acceptance in 1843, dissecting the claims of John Quincy Adams to the support of abolitionists" [DAB]. FIRST EDITION. Miles 190. Dumond 61. LCP 4321.AI 44-2780 [5]. [Attributes: First Edition]
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