By Frederick J. Blue
In retrospect on his slim re-election to the home of Representatives in 1862, George Washington Julian of Indiana remarked proudly that, having held quick to his antislavery place, he had secured a "triumph [with] no taint of compromise." Julian’s was once considered one of a small yet severe variety of voices who, starting within the overdue 1830s, battled the establishment of slavery via political activism. these are the voices to which Frederick Blue attends in No Taint of Compromise, an in-depth account of the rigors and accomplishments of 11 women and men who insisted that emancipation and racial equality may perhaps in basic terms be accomplished throughout the political technique.
The antislavery proponents Blue profiles comprise Alvan Stewart, John Greenleaf Whittier, Charles Henry Langston, Owen Lovejoy, Sherman sales space, Jane gray Swisshelm, George W. Julian, David Wilmot, Benjamin and Edward Wade, and Jessie Benton Frémont. operating during the Liberty, loose Soil, Democratic, Whig, and Republican businesses, they represented the entire spectrum of reviews on and techniques to abolition. Blue highlights their factors and activities as they undertook the yeoman’s paintings of organizing events, retaining conventions, modifying newspapers, and customarily animating and agitating the dialogue of concerns relating to slavery. Their tales, introduced jointly for the 1st time during this comparative biographical learn, enhance our knowing of the political drawback over slavery that ended in the Civil battle.
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If he realized at this early date that the Liberty party might eventually have to abandon its goal of immediate abolitionism in order to add to its meager numbers as Garrison had argued, he never publicly admitted it. He believed instead that “in the act of voting,” the abolitionist “acts not for himself alone, but for . . ”25 He optimistically believed that the election would begin the process of a moral transformation which he and other Liberty leaders hoped would ultimately bring emancipation.
44. , Writings and Speeches, 33. Others paying him tribute at the time of his death included Horace Greeley. See New York Tribune, May 10, 1849. ” Surely little of his formative years suggested a lifelong commitment to reform and antislavery politics. He was born of Quaker parents at the family homestead in December 1807 near Haverhill, Massachusetts, and grew up in the home built by his great grandfather in 1688. His childhood was characterized by strenuous farm labor, which his frail body tolerated with difﬁculty.
Press, 1976), 8, 20; The Liberator, December 14, 1833, December 20, 1834. For the Garrisonian approach on both political abolitionism and the Constitution, see Kraditor, Means and Ends, 158 – 68, 195 –212. 17. Stewart to Webb, August 5, 1839, Stewart to Holley, December 16, 1839, Stewart to Edwin M. Clarke, September 14, 1839, Stewart Papers; Sewell, Ballots for Freedom, 51. 23 No Taint of Compromise they concluded that only a separate party which could draw enough voters away to affect the outcome would cause a major party shift in position.
No Taint of Compromise: Crusaders in Antislavery Politics by Frederick J. Blue