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[Loco-Focos]:

LOCO-FOCOISM DISPLAYED, OR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE. IN A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A WHIG AND A LOCO-FOCO. IN WHICH THE LEGITIMATE OBJECTS AND POWERS OF GOVERNMENT ARE CONSIDERED AND DEFINED, THE REASONS OF THE INEFFICIENCY OF THE CHURCH, FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF IMMORALITY, AND ITS AGENCY IN THE INCREASE OF CRIME, EXPOSED, THE DESTRUCTIVE CHARACTER OF PARTIAL LEGISLATION EXHIBITED, AND ITS VIOLATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIANITY PROVEN.

Piercy & Reed, Printers. No. 9 Spruce-Street, New York: 1844 39, [1 blank] pp. Stitched in original printed brown wrappers ['Number 1.' printed at top of front wrap]. Pinholes in blank inner margins, Very Good. Pencil signature on verso of title page, 'Gilman Converse Harrisburg PA.' A rare survival of Democratic reformers' efforts to gain political ascendancy during the 1840's, emphasizing the utopian basis of radical Jacksonian [or 'Loco-Foco'] thought. The anonymous author defends "the idea of human perfection...It cannot be that we are incapable of attaining to it. It is the doctrine of Christianity, and it must be within our reach." The Whig-Loco Foco dialogue explains that Loco-Foco doctrine is based on natural rights and the "natural liberty of mankind," embracing limited government, opposing laws-- such as mandatory Sabbath observance, prohibitions on adultery-- regulating matters of conscience. Religious institutions have collaborated with governing elites to "protect capital at the expense of labor," and to protect propertied classes which exploit decent citizens. OCLC 36255633 [2- NYHS, Rutgers] [as of October 2014]. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, American Imprints.


Book Id: 20894

Price: $450.00

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