Item #17536 Despotism in America: An Inquiry into the Nature, Results, and Legal Basis of the Slave-Holding System in the United States. Richard Hildreth.
Despotism in America: An Inquiry into the Nature, Results, and Legal Basis of the Slave-Holding System in the United States
Despotism in America: An Inquiry into the Nature, Results, and Legal Basis of the Slave-Holding System in the United States

An 1854 Influential Abolitionist Treatise by an Accomplished 19th-Century Historian and Philosopher

Despotism in America: An Inquiry into the Nature, Results, and Legal Basis of the Slave-Holding System in the United States

Cleveland, OH: John P. Jewett and Company, 1854. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good. Item #17536

A gorgeous 1st edition of this influential abolitionist tract, published less than a decade before the Civil War would break out.

"Hildreth (1807 – 1865), was an American journalist, author and historian. He is best known for writing his six-volume History of the United States of America covering 1497–1821 and published 1840-1853. Historians consider it a highly accurate political history of the early Republic, but with a strong bias in favor of the Federalist Party and the abolition of slavery.

"In 1832, Hildreth he became joint founder and editor of a daily newspaper, the Boston Atlas. In 1834, he wrote a popular anti-slavery novel The Slave: or Memoir of Archy Moore (1836; enlarged edition, 1852, The White Slave).[7]

"In 1837 he wrote for the Atlas a series of articles vigorously opposing the annexation of Texas. In the same year he published Banks, Banking, and Paper Currencies, a work which helped to promote the growth of the free banking system in America. In 1838 he resumed his editorial duties on the Atlas, but in 1840 removed, on account of his health, to British Guiana, where he lived for three years and was editor of two weekly newspapers in succession at Georgetown.

"Between 1857 and 1860 Hildreth worked for the New York Tribune and during the same period he wrote several anti-slavery tracts for the fledgling Republican party under various pseudonyms. Poor health forced him to retire from his writing career in 1860. " - wiki

Dark brown cloth. Square tight binding. 307pp. Mild rubbing and wear, with some glossy areas around corners and edges, possibly an early attempt at mild edge restoration. A touch of rubbing to gilt titling on spine.

Overall an extremely handsome edition of this influential abolitionist treatise.

Price: $225.00

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