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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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Antislavery Petitioning in South Central Pennsylvania

Antislavery Petitioning in South Central Pennsylvania

(p.70) 3 Antislavery Petitioning in South Central Pennsylvania
On the Edge of Freedom

David G. Smith

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that the early meetings of the Adams County Antislavery Society were so controversial and sometimes violent that the region's Quakers decided to return to two traditional, less confrontational antislavery tools, petitioning and literature distribution, such as pamphleting and antislavery lending libraries. The right to petition was treasured in antebellum America, particularly by nonresistant groups such as Quakers. This chapter examines the role and importance of a little known late 1820s regional and national antislavery petition campaign led by the Quaker Benjamin Lundy, and the key role that south central Pennsylvania played in it.

Keywords:   petition, Benjamin Lundy, Hannah Wright, antislavery, William Wright, antislavery, Adams County Antislavery Society

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