Richmond: Printed by T.W. White, 1833. 48pp. Disbound, early and late gatherings foxed, browned. Good+. In a modern folding case.
Nat Turner's slave insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia, brought to reality the South's worst nightmare. The incident sparked the only concerted effort by a Slave State to abolish slavery within its borders. Western Virginia's Charles Faulkner and Thomas Jefferson's grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, led the struggle. Their bill would free all children born of slave parents after July 4, 1840. They and their supporters argued that slavery diminished the value of free labor, impaired the work ethic, and thus fatally damaged the body politic for the sake of the enrichment of a few wealthy plantation owners. They failed, in good part because the malapportioned Virginia legislature was tilted in favor of the Tidewater aristocracy.
Harrison, born and raised in Lynchburg [he later moved to New Orleans, where he died of Yellow Fever in his mid-30s], believed, like Thomas Marshall, that slavery was a social evil: "inanimation of public spirit- destruction of the spirit of industry in the free population- the degradation of labour itself- ruin of agriculture, by a wasteful mode of cultivation- interposing obstacles to the improvement of the soil- and the encouragement of habits and opinions, destructive of economy and enterprize."
Haynes 7936. LCP 4631. Dumond 64. Sabin 70270. Item #36310