Mar 10, 2011 - Sale 2239

Sale 2239 - Lot 58

Price Realized: $ 480
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--CIVIL WAR.) DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. "A Call for the Negroes to Arm." Frederick Douglass' appeal for volunteers to fight in the Civil War, appearing in The Liberator for March 13, 1863. Large bi-folium; creases at the folds, with some loss of a few words (not affecting the Douglass article) at the conjunction of the folds. Boston, 1863

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"When first the cannon shattered the walls of Sumpter and drove away its starving garrison, I predicted that the War, then and there inaugurated, would not be fought out entirely by white men." Two years had passed since the attack on Fort Sumpter, and the Union had suffered some serious losses. Lincoln conceded later that without the help of the nearly 200 thousand black volunteers, the war would have been, using his word "forfeit."