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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

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

Stacey M. Robertson

University of North Carolina Press

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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