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Hearts Beating for LibertyWomen Abolitionists in the Old Northwest$
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Stacey M. Robertson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834084

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899489_robertson

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Free Produce in the Old Northwest

Free Produce in the Old Northwest

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(p.67) Chapter 3 Free Produce in the Old Northwest
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Hearts Beating for Liberty
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Stacey M. Robertson

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899489_robertson.7

This chapter shows how Michigan abolitionist Elizabeth Chandler shrewdly used her ladies' column in the Genius of Universal Emancipation to publish a letter from Ohio's Green Plain Free Produce Society. Hoping to highlight the compelling rationale for rejecting slave-made goods in favor of “pure” free-labor products, she added an important western voice to the Pennsylvania-based free produce movement. The mixed-sex Green Plain group, nearly a year old, was responding to an offer from a Philadelphia free produce group to supply free-labor cotton. Pleased to receive this proposal “to procure the conveniences of life free from the stain of our brothers' blood,” the central Ohio abolitionists placed a large order. They also took the opportunity to share with their eastern colleagues their high aspirations for the movement.

Keywords:   Michigan abolitionist, Elizabeth Chandler, ladies' column, slave-made goods, free-labor products

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