Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews Volume 1: 1841-1846

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The Union, Slavery, and Abolitionist Petitions
The Union, Slavery, and Abolitionist Petitions
Frederick Douglass attended a quarterly meeting of the Plymouth County Anti-Slavery Society in Hingham, Massachusetts. Present in the crowded church building were the prominent abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, John A. Collins, George Foster, Edmund Quincy, and escaped slave Lunsford Lane. The presiding officer, Samuel J. May, introduced Douglass as a runaway slave whose personal history it would not be expedient to publicize. An active participant in the floor debates, Douglass supported a resolution that it was slavery and not abolitionism which threatened to destroy the Union, urged the Plymouth County Society to help Lunsford Lane purchase his family from bondage, and described the encouragement slaves derived from abolitionist petitions to Congress.

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