Introductory pamphlet published by the American Anti-Slavery Society welcoming new supporters while advising against naive solutions proposed by the "newly converted."
"All this the American Anti-Slavery Society demands of you. DO IT!"
Before writing this pamphlet, Maria Weston Chapman had been involved with abolition groups for over 20 years, a peer to other white activists like William Lloyd Garrison and Lydia Maria Child. She served on executive committees of anti-slavery societies and edited abolitionist papers like THE LIBERATOR and THE NON-RESISTANT. In this pamphlet, she carefully refutes a number of popular but misguided ideas for fighting slavery. For example, using ironic rhetoric, she argues that encouraging colonization schemes helps "make slavery safer by eliminating that dangerous element, the free black." Rather, Chapman explains, readers should demand "immediate, unconditional emancipation, without expatriation." Similarly, she pithily dismisses the idea of forming more political associations, like free soil parties: "Yes, don't kill the growing monster – call to him to stop growing [...] Substitute a secondary object for the primary one." The suggestion to "buy slaves and set them free" is rejected by her on the grounds that it will "create a demand for the slave breeder to supply; compromise with crime; raise the market price, when you ought to stop the market." Scarce on the market, with only one 21st-century auction record. An uncompromising call for readers to become activists in the abolition movement, from one experienced in the work.
New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, . Full title: "How can I help to abolish slavery?" or, counsels to the newly converted. Original side-stitched wrappers. Anti-Slavery Tracts No. 14. 12 pages. A few contemporary ink notations, mostly textual corrections, one referencing Emerson. Faint light foxing to wrappers.
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