"HOWEVER SLENDER AND DUBIOUS ITS LEGAL BASIS, SLAVERY EXISTED IN EACH AND ALL OF THE COLONIES THAT UNITED TO DECLARE AND MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE…"
GREELEY, Horace. A History of the Struggle for Slavery Extension or Restriction in the United States, From the Declaration of Independence to the Present Day. New York: Dix, Edwards, 1856. Octavo, disbound; pp. (iv), 1-164. $900.
First edition of the famed newspaper publisher's history of slavery, focusing heavily on the legislative and judicial actions that sustained and spread slavery in the United States.
An abolitionist, reformer, and newspaper publisher, Horace Greeley was known for supporting and even galvanizing some of the 19th century's main progressive movements. Greeley was a committed political writer who also published 12 books during his lifetime. This is one of a small number of those that draw heavily on his experience working in the news. Heavily researched and almost overwhelming in its detail, A History of the Struggle mainly examines the governmental actions that resulted in the survival and expansion of slavery in the United States, from laws that permitted it to judicial decisions that upheld it. A History of the Struggle has been widely considered a model for coverage of controversial rights issues. Howes G353. Sabin 28488. Work 327.
Shallow marginal chipping to a few leaves including title page, interior generally quite nice, spine leaning. An extremely good copy.