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THE TRAIL OF THEODORE PARKER, for the "Misdemeanor" of A Speech in Faneuil Hall against Kidnapping, before the Circuit Court of the United States, at Boston, April 3, 1885. With the Defence by Theodore Parker, Minister of the Twenty-Eighth Congregational Society in Boston.
Boston: (Allen and Farnham for) the Author, 1855. Royal 8vo (9.5 in or 24 cm tall). xx 221 (errata) (advert) pp. Original maroon cloth with borders in blind plus copper title to spine. Tight and square binding. Binding sunned, tail creased, preliminary and terminal pages show paste action, preliminaries a trace foxed. A reformer and abolitionist, Theodore Parker lead the fight against the Fugitive Slave Act. Parker was indicted for inciting his Faneuil Hall audience to rescue a fugitive slave. The indictment was dismissed on April 3, 1855, and Parker published his important Defence. In Parker's speech, The present aspect of slavery in America and the immediate duty of the North, of January 29, 1858, Parker declared, "I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight, I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice." His words would inspire speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. A strong and clean first edition. Blockson 10160. DAB Vol 14 pp. 238-241. Very good+ in no dust jacket.
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