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    Birney, James: LETTER ON COLONIZATION, ADDRESSED TO THE REV. THORNTON J. MILLS, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY OF THE KENTUCKY COLONIZATION SOCIETY. New York: Anti-Slavery Reporter, 1834. 12mo, 46pp Lacking wrappers. Very Good. __ A significant document, first published (according to Dumond) in the Emancipator. Birney-- although "not extensively known in the eastern states" in 1834, as the publisher states-- became an important political figure in the 1840's. As head of the anti-slavery Liberty Party, a precursor of the Republicans, he may have cost Henry Clay the election of 1844 by siphoning off the votes of anti-slavery Whigs. This item shows the early tensions within the Colonization movement. Birney arrays himself against those like Clay (for many years President of the American Colonization Society) who see slavery as only a relative evil, and hence a necessary one under certain conditions, i.e., those prevailing in the U.S. As the clash of political interests heightened sectional differences, colonization was increasingly viewed as mere temporizing with the fundamental evil of slavery.


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