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The Abolition Crusade and Its Consequences

Four Periods of American History

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 46,705 / 161 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.4
Downloads: 1,212
Added to site: 2015.02.27
mnybks.net#: 31980
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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roach so explosive a question with impartiality." Following this example, the writer must tell that he was born in the South, of slave-holding parents, three years after the Abolition crusade began in 1831. Growing up in the South under the stress of that crusade, he maintained all through the war, in which he was a loyal Confederate soldier, the belief in which he had been educated--that slavery was right, morally and economically.

One day, not long after Appomattox, he told his father he had reached the conclusion that slavery was wrong. The reply was, to the writer's surprise, that his mother in early life had been an avowed emancipationist; that she (who had lived until the writer was sixteen years old) had never felt at liberty to discuss slavery after the rise of the new abolitionists and the Nat Turner insurrection; and then followed the further information that when, in 1846, the family removed from South Carolina to Alabama, Greenville, Ala., was chosen for a home because it was thought that t

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