Washington City: Davis & Force, 1822. 119, [1 errata] pp. Disbound and stitched, untrimmed, moderate tan and wear. Good+.
The profoundly ambiguous moral position of colonizationists-- opposed to slavery but also dreading the presence of free Negroes in their midst-- attracted adherents across a wide spectrum of white America, particularly in Border States like Maryland, where the Free Negro population was expanding rapidly. Bushrod Washington [the Society's President], Henry Clay, Chief Justice Marshall, other Border State men, and a legion of ministers were members of the Society. Colonization in Liberia would eliminate slavery by removing the troublesome Negroes, while the Society could congratulate itself for having acted beneficently. This Report provides much detail on the suppression of the loathsome slave trade, the Society's activities in Liberia, the composition of local Societies, and the culture, geography, trade and commerce of West Africa.
FIRST EDITION. Dumond 12. LCP 404. Item #16968