FIVE YEARS' ABSTRACT OF TRANSACTIONS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY, THE RELIEF OF FREE NEGROES UNLAWFULLY HELD IN BONDAGE, AND FOR IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF THE AFRICAN RACE.

Philadelphia: Printed at Merrihew & Thompson's Steam Power Book and Job Office, 1853. 15, [1 blank] pp. Stitched with scattered light dusting, Good+.

The Society records its efforts in the struggle against Slavery, from 1849 through 1853. Pennsylvania had barred Negroes from voting, and the Society sought "to restore the right of franchise to our colored citizens." Its fight against the Fugitive Slave Act is described, as well as the celebrated case of Castner Hanway, who had been charged with treason for allegedly resisting the capture of a fugitive slave. The Society's participation in efforts to indict slave-catchers for kidnapping, to release free Negroes from slavery, and to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act in the mid-Atlantic States are described.
The Society persevered during a time when the anti-slavery cause appeared hopeless: the Compromise of 1850 had removed most judicial protections from Negroes who were claimed as fugitives from slavery; and pro-slavery advocates were increasingly emboldened to plan for slavery's expansion into the Territories.
LCP 7607. Dumond 91. Not in Blockson. OCLC 14154618 [2- Boston Public, Oberlin] as of December 2018. Item #35557

Price: $750.00