IS MILLARD FILLMORE AN ABOLITIONIST? Election of 1856.

IS MILLARD FILLMORE AN ABOLITIONIST?

Boston: American Patriot Office, 1856. 29, [3 blanks] pp. Broken stitching and light dusting. Else Very Good.

The audience for this pamphlet is Massachusetts voters in the complicated 1856 presidential contest. Supporting former President Millard Fillmore, who was running on the American Party [Know-Nothing] ticket, it urges Massachusetts men to vote for Fillmore rather than the Republican Fremont. In Massachusetts "the contest lay so entirely between Mr. Fillmore and Col. Fremont, that it would be time lost to go into Mr. Buchanan's history here. Enough for us is it, that he is sufficiently Southern for the most ultra Southerner."
For voters inclined to support Fremont on the ground that Fillmore is insufficiently anti-slavery, the pamphlet reproduces a pro-Buchanan tract which demonstrates in fevered terms Fillmore's allegedly abolitionist views. "We can only say that to us it seems clear, that the man who is condemned by the fire-eaters and ultra-pro-slavery men of the South, as an abolitionist, and by the Abolitionists and disunion fanatics of the North as a friend of slavery extension, occupies exactly that noble, moderate, conservative position towards which the eyes of all true lovers of their country may turn with confidence in this hour of trial."
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