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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) [PHILLIPS, WENDELL.] Review of Lysander Spooner on the Unconstitutionality of Slavery. 95 pages. 8vo, original printed salmon wrappers, sewn. a virtually pristine copy. Boston: Andrews& Prentiss, 1847
first edition of Wendell Phillips' careful dissection and destruction of Lysander Spooner's essay "The Unconstitutionality of Slavery." In his complex and convoluted legal argument, Spooner, a devout abolitionist, maintained that the Constitution of the United States inherently forbade slavery. William Lloyd Garrison had argued the opposite, stating that nothing short of an amendment was needed to change it. Phillips exposes Spooner's argument as an elaborate piece of sophistry, more distracting than useful. AfroAmericana, 8173.
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