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    "The Barbarism of Slavery," Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner's Speech on the Admission of Kansas as a Free State June 4, 1860, booklet The Barbarism of Slavery... Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, on the Bill for the Admission of Kansas as a Free State, printed by Buell & Blanchard, Washington, D.C. Choice very fine. An untrimmed, original 32-page uncut, pamphlet, being a large signature sheet folded to 9.5" x 6". Charles Sumner (1811-1874), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1851-1874), lawyer, abolitionist. This speech was given by Sumner in the U.S. Senate and issued by the Congressional Republican Committee for widespread political distribution during the election of 1860. In his forceful speech, Sumner states: "the impossible pretension, where Barbarism is lost in impiety, by which man claims property in man... According to the law of nature... every human being has a complete title to himself direct from the Almighty. Naked he is born; but this birthright is inseparable from the human form. A man may be poor in this world's goods; but he owns himself. No... middle passage; no change of clime; no purchase money; no transmission from hand to hand, no matter how many times, and no matter at what price, can defeat this indefeasible God-given franchise..." Damp stained document is evenly browned, but quite pleasing type. Extremely rare speech that effectively captures the strong anti-slavery sentiment of Sumner.

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