Unique Antebellum Chronicle with Slavery and Political Content 
Lot Number 681
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One of the most tense and tumultuous eras in the history of this country is the antebellum period that extended from 1812 to the beginning of the Civil War. As new states entered the Union, old problems arose include the issue of slavery and its expansion. Presented is a firsthand account of many substantial events during this period in the form of a 115-page album of newspaper clippings. The articles are all adhered to the pages and, although not in chronological order, tell the real and at times difficult story of life in antebellum America. Included are articles on Abraham Lincoln's 1860 Presidential campaign, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Lincoln's first Inaugural Address, the events of Bleeding Kansas, the Mormon migration to Utah, a speech by abolitionist Horace Mann, speeches by Henry Clay, Horace Greeley, Wendell Phillips and William Seward, the Dred Scott decision, exiled blacks in Canada and the obituary of Washington Irving. The articles are varied and include topics such as slavery, presidential election and debates, poetry, religion, and speeches on the topics of abolition and politics. There are dozens of pages on the institution of slavery, its effects on society and the eventual issues with keeping slavery in America. There is a single page of autographs dated 1859 and 1860. The album itself is in off-grade with the binding and spine exhibiting damage. These clippings are all original and mostly date from the 1850-1860 with some exhibiting light to mild toning spots. Nearly all of the articles are legible, making this the perfect item for the American history buff. 
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