[New York: The Iron Platform, 1861]. 4pp, disbound, untrimmed with some edge and spine wear. Light rubberstamp. Good+.
Bourne's 'The Iron Platform,' a weekly pro-Union periodical, was dedicated to the interests of free labor. This pamphlet begins with a series of denunciations of "Mr. Davis!" for establishing the Confederacy, resorting to Civil War, and destroying the Union, democracy, and commerce. After each assertion, the question is asked, "Does it pay?"
Other sections of the pamphlet are headed, 'The Rebellion against Democracy,' 'The Treason Against Democracy,' 'What Traitors say of Northern Democrats,' and 'Workingmen, Read!' The last page prints the credo of 'The Iron Platform': "One Union, One Constitution, One Destiny." It appeals to "Working-men of the South," who "have been forced into rebellion by their leaders, and many forced simply by the want of employment, in order to earn the means of support. They deserve our pity and our sympathy. Let us with one united effort rescue them from the hands of their leaders."
A rare imprint: OCLC 58758954 [2- Yale, NYHS], 44706421 [1- Trinity] as of July 2018. Not in Bartlett, Nevins, Sabin. Item #27167