An appeal in favor of that class of Americans called by Lydia Maria Child

By Lydia Maria Child

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Wise and Mrs. Mason; 300,000 copies sold. February: Completes The Right Way the Safe Way, Proved by Emancipation in the British West Indies, and Elsewhere; personally addresses and mails more than a thousand copies over the next year. Page xvii Late summer: Edits Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. October: Publishes The Patriarchal Institution and mails out hundreds of copies; publishes The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Law, sending copies to newly elected Massachusetts legislators; raises funds to free Thomas Sims, a fugitive slave sent back to his master by Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Still unconvinced that it was expedient to alienate potential supporters by making "immediate emancipation" a cardinal doctrine of the new society, David, Sewall, and Loring withheld their signatures from the "apostolic" roster of twelve names making up the original membership. 34 Concurrently, Child took her final step toward assuming the role of the despised antislavery agitator. In August 1833, when, as Samuel May recalled, "the number, the variety, and the malignity of our opponents had become manifest," she startled friends and foes alike by publishing An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans.

Didn't the Colonization Society, founded in 1816, provide a vehicle for gradual emancipation through its program of resettling free blacks in Africa? Was any other means of emancipation safe or feasible? If the slaves were "turned loose," would they go on a rampage against whites? Would emancipation bring economic ruin? What lessons should be drawn from the contrasting precedents offered by the Santo Domingo uprising of the 1790s and the process of gradual abolition by legislative fiat in the northern states?

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