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Slavery on TrialLaw, Abolitionism, and Print Culture$
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Jeannine Marie DeLombard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830864

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887738_delombard

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The Typographical Tribunal

The Typographical Tribunal

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Slavery on Trial

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

University of North Carolina Press

The antislavery propaganda of abolitionists started in the early 1830s, but it was in the 1850s that a profound change in Northern attitudes about slavery, print and law took place. This chapter examines how antebellum abolitionists accomplished a radical transformation in public views about slavery, print, law, and antislavery agitation. Turning to their own civil liberties of freedom of speech and due process, the antislavery movement deployed print tactics of organized abolitionism to decriminalize antislavery agitation in the court of public opinion.

Keywords:   slavery, print, law, antebellum abolitionists, antislavery, freedom of speech, due process, abolitionism, antislavery agitation, public opinion

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