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An Antislavery Dissent, Part Five

Parts 12, 3, 4

So far, Stearns has taken to the pages of George Brown’s Herald of Freedom to give his fellow antislavery men only reason to delay and do nothing, along with the implicit suggestion that they ought to rid themselves of venal fools who led them. 563 more words

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An Antislavery Dissent, Part Four

Parts 12, 3

Having just cast the proslavery Kansans and their Missourian allies as manipulative geniuses who took their every action with the intent of producing reactions which would help the free soil movement sabotage itself, C. 435 more words

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Flags & Nooses

Everybody knows that the Southern states had slavery. The institution, in fact, made them Southern rather than something else. But the nation’s most notorious white supremacists have their less famous cousins north of the Mason-Dixon line. 512 more words

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Understanding C. Stearns

Parts 12, 3

I have spent some time wondering what exactly went through C. Stearns’ mind when he penned his letter to the… 492 more words

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An Antislavery Dissent, Part Three

Parts 1 and 2

C. Stearns told Kansas radicals like George Brown and Charles Robinson that they needed to cool down. Their plan, then pending and subsequently voted through at… 639 more words

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An Antislavery Dissent, Part Two

We left C. Stearns in the pages of the September 22 Herald of Freedom telling us that not every antislavery Kansan went all out for the radicals’ plan to make their own government and strike at once for statehood. 455 more words

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An Antislavery Dissent, Part One

My sources for the antislavery resistance in Kansas skew heavily to the radical end. I do what I can with the materials available to me to highlight the less radical elements as well, but I have no good repository of moderate antislavery opinion from the time and place.  562 more words

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