Invitation to an 1847 political convention for the organization of a Progressive Party.
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A PURE DEMOCRACY
"...The necessity of organizing a Progressive Party, that shall be based upon these as its fundamental measures of Political action."
Invitation to a convention held by the National Reform Association – the working-class land reform movement, not to be confused with the Christian organization of the same name, founded in the 1860s – urging the "immediate Abolition of the Representative System" so that The People might vote on "all the laws by which they should be governed"; an end to land speculation and a limitation on land purchases; and the organization of a Progressive Party founded on these principles.
First named the National Reform Union and also known as the Agrarian League upon its founding in 1844, the National Reform Association's ideals were spread through labor organizations and working men's circles, arguing for a basic right to public land (which was to say, lands conquered and seized by the United States Government, despite the Association's public denunciation of outrages against Native Americans) -- a right, they believed, that superseded the desires of capitalists and slave-holders to expand Westward and hold unchecked dominion over laborers and small farmers. Much of the Association's platform was compatible with the Free Soil Party and with the general tendencies of white Abolitionists; the identification of a common enemy in "the illegitimate accumulation of land by a fortunate few" was key to the foundation of pre-Civil War working-class political alliances.
(Worcester, MA): n.p, (1847). 8'' x 4.75''. Bifold leaf, printed first recto only. Hand-addressed to "Messrs. Manson & Brigham Esqrs." Contemporary handwritten notes and arithmetical calculations in pen to verso, recording the entry of a sum of money on 8 Nov. 1947. Vertical and horizontal folding creases.
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