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    American Tract Society Archive of Letters. Collection of more than fifty letters associated with the American Tract Society (ATS). It was founded on May 11, 1825, in New York City for the dissemination of Christian literature in leaflet form. The organization strong supported the temperance movement and was deeply involved in the development of Freedmen's Village at Arlington, Virginia, the most prominent of the "contraband" camps created by the federal government during the Civil War to assist former slaves who were emancipated, abandoned, or had escaped. Written primarily in the late 1850s through the mid 1860s, the letters paint an interesting picture of evangelical work in during the Civil War, some with interesting war-related content. Archive also contains many pieces related to H. E. Simmons, a life member of the Society, who created a scandal for ATS in 1899 by accusing its management of embezzlement. Letters are in generally fine to very fine condition.

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