By Frederick J. Blue
In retrospect on his slender re-election to the home of Representatives in 1862, George Washington Julian of Indiana remarked proudly that, having held quick to his antislavery place, he had secured a "triumph [with] no taint of compromise." Julian’s used to be one in every of a small yet severe variety of voices who, starting within the past due 1830s, battled the establishment of slavery via political activism. these are the voices to which Frederick Blue attends in No Taint of Compromise, an in-depth account of the rigors and accomplishments of 11 women and men who insisted that emancipation and racial equality may possibly merely be accomplished in the course of the political approach.
The antislavery proponents Blue profiles comprise Alvan Stewart, John Greenleaf Whittier, Charles Henry Langston, Owen Lovejoy, Sherman sales space, Jane gray Swisshelm, George W. Julian, David Wilmot, Benjamin and Edward Wade, and Jessie Benton Frémont. operating during the Liberty, loose Soil, Democratic, Whig, and Republican organisations, they represented the whole spectrum of evaluations on and ways to abolition. Blue highlights their factors and activities as they undertook the yeoman’s paintings of organizing events, protecting conventions, enhancing newspapers, and customarily animating and agitating the dialogue of matters on the topic of slavery. Their tales, introduced jointly for the 1st time during this comparative biographical research, improve our figuring out of the political situation over slavery that ended in the Civil struggle.
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When declining health forced him to move to New York City to live with his 37. Alvan Stewart, A Legal Argument Before the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey at the May Term, 1845 at Trenton for the Deliverance of Four Thousand Persons from Bondage (New York: Finch and Weed, 1845), 23, 46, 38; Wiecek, Sources of Antislavery Constitutionalism, 255 –7. 38. Ernst, “New Jersey Slave Case,” 352 – 65. 33 No Taint of Compromise daughter, he gradually broke off contact with the Smith-Goodell faction.
14 two A SELF-SHARPENING PLOUGH Alvan Stewart’s Challenge to Slavery there was little in Alvan Stewart’s early years to suggest a lifetime crusade in behalf of the slave or a decade of Liberty party organizing and campaigning. Born near South Granville, New York, in 1790, he grew up in a traditional Protestant farming family doing the chores expected of most young boys in rural America. We know little of the Stewart family’s politics during the Federalist Era of George Washington and John Adams.
Early in the Civil War she urged and then supported John’s efforts to free the slaves belonging to rebels in his Missouri command. Lincoln then removed Frémont, later derisively labeling Jessie a “female politician” following a heated White House meeting in which she had defended her husband’s actions. She opposed what she regarded as the president’s overly lenient stance against slavery and urged her husband to challenge Lincoln for the 1864 Republican presidential nomination. Never an active abolitionist, nor a member of the women’s rights movement, she nonetheless consistently opposed slavery from a stance of containment before the war and abolition during the conﬂict.