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On the Edge of FreedomThe Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870$
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David G. Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240326

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.001.0001

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Thaddeus Stevens’ Dilemma, Colonization, and the Turbulent Years of Early Antislavery in Adams County, 1835–39

Thaddeus Stevens’ Dilemma, Colonization, and the Turbulent Years of Early Antislavery in Adams County, 1835–39

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On the Edge of Freedom
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David G. Smith

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0003

This chapter discusses the early evolution and emergence of antislavery sentiment in south central Pennsylvania. It argues that the issue received publicity and achieved prominence because of the need of Thaddeus Stevens, whose Antimasonic party was collapsing, for a new issue to polarize the electorate and produce opposition to Jacksonian Democrats. While Stevens may have been an instigator behind the early meetings of the Adams County Antislavery Society, along with James McAllister and Professor William Reynolds, he also carried on an extensive flirtation with the colonization of African Americans. The chapter argues Stevens became a firm supporter of antislavery later than most historians believe, and examines the role of American Anti-Slavery Society lecturers such as Jonathan Blanchard and opposition to the antislavery society led by James Cooper and others.

Keywords:   Antimasons, colonization, Jacksonian, Adams County Antislavery Society, James McAllister, Jonathan Blanchard, Thaddeus Stevens, James Cooper, antislavery

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