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Slavery and the Commerce PowerHow the Struggle Against the Interstate Slave Trade Led to the Civil War$
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David L. Lightner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300114706

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300114706.001.0001

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The Door to the Slave Bastille

The Door to the Slave Bastille

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Slavery and the Commerce Power

David L. Lightner

Yale University Press

An organized, militant movement against slavery in America began in January 1831, when William Lloyd Garrison published the first issue of his new paper, the Liberator. He would also found the New England (later called the Massachusetts) Anti-Slavery Society and the American Anti-Slavery Society. While historians of radical abolitionism argue that the movement was apolitical until the 1840s, the abolitionists articulated an explicit political program from the beginning and vigorously pursued their political objectives as part of their antislavery crusade. Among the prominent abolitionists who agitated the slave trade issue were Henry B. Stanton, David Lee Child, Alvan Stewart, and Samuel J. May.

Keywords:   slavery, America, William Lloyd Garrison, Liberator, American Anti-Slavery Society, abolitionism, antislavery, slave trade, Henry B. Stanton, David Lee Child

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