New York: C.C. Childs, 1848. 16pp. Stitched. Title page with a portrait of Martin Van Buren, the Free Soil Party's presidential candidate; page  with a portrait of Charles Francis Adams, Van Buren's running mate. Persistent spotting in outer margins, extending into portions of text. Light pencil notes. Else Good+.
In a historic break with Democrats from the South, Martin Van Buren led the Free Soil Party in 1848. It resolved, as its Platform, printed here, states, "to maintain the rights of Free Labor against the aggressions of the Slave Power, and to secure Free Soil for a Free People." As Abraham Lincoln would insist twelve years later in his Cooper Union speech, the Platform asserts "that it was the settled policy of the Nation, not to extend, nationalize, or encourage, but to limit, localize and discourage slavery." Slavery should be prohibited by Act of Congress in all the Territories. Printed also are the results of the Barnburners' Convention-- New York Democrats who opposed the National Democratic Party's pro-slavery stance-- nominating John Dix for Governor.
The pamphlet argues that the sentiment of the Revolutionary Generation was to limit the spread of slavery; and demonstrates that both major political parties-- Democrat and Whig-- are in the grip of the Slave Power.
Not in LCP, Dumond, Blockson, Sabin. OCLC 21203213  as of November 2017. Item #34411