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    "Skeleton Leaves" Stereoviews of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, and Henry Ward Beecher 1874, All choice very fine or better. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th U.S. President (1861-1865). Charles Sumner (1811-1874), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1851-1874), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1861-1871), attorney, and abolitionist. Sumner was an anti-slavery leader in the Senate, and suffered a three-year recovery after delivering his 1856 speech against slavery, "The Crime Against Kansas," for which he was beaten unconscious with a cane by U.S. Representative Preston S. Brooks from South Carolina. Sumner supported arbitration in lieu of war in international relations and led a variety of actions at the federal level to promote African American causes. A founder of the Free Soil Party in 1848, he later became a Republican and then helped found the Liberal Republican Party in 1872. Sumner led efforts to racially desegregate Boston's public schools in the 1850s. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), Presbyterian and Congregational minister, popular orator, abolitionist, supporter of women's suffrage, evolution, temperance, and scientific biblical criticism, and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.) Active politically in the Free Soil Movement and the Republican Party, Beecher helped raise funds to support the Union cause in the Civil War. A nice trio of stereoviews, all in relatively clean, flat condition. Moderate to light corner wear; nice, problem-free images. The Lincoln and Sumner stereoviews are by John P. Soule (copyright 1874) and they both use the same backdrop of skeletal leaves. The Beecher stereoview is by I. L. Rogers (copyright 1875) and is slightly more ornate than the others. It also has a water stain on the right side. A very nice, choice grouping.

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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