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(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Constitution of the New-England Anti-Slavery Society, with an Address to the Public. 16 pages. 8vo, original printed wrappers, minimal wear; moderate foxing. Boston: Garrison and Knapp, 1832
The founding document of this ground-breaking organization. They demanded the immediate abolition of slavery, in contrast to previous organizations which argued for a more gradual approach or colonization efforts. Arnold Buffum was the founding president, and William Lloyd Garrison was the corresponding secretary. Garrison was also the publisher of the Liberator, and this constitution was published on his press. The final ten pages are devoted to a rousing address by President Buffum: "The slaveholder and the man-stealer are in unlawful possession of the stolen sons and daughters of Africa; they ought, therefore, to immediately set them free" (page 8). Sabin 52655n; not in Blockson or Afro-Americana.
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