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By D. Laurence Rogers

JAMES G. BIRNEY - endurance ended in an finish to Slavery
in America

The booklet "Apostles of Equality: The
Birneys, the Republicans and the Civil War," released in 2011 by means of Michigan
State collage Press, tells of 1 of the nation's such a lot brave yet unsung
heroes and his offspring.

James G. Birney was once born in 1792 to a
slave-holding plantation kinfolk in Kentucky. The dramatic story of his
transformation from slaveholder to the 1st political chief of abolition will
inspire all freedom-loving Americans.

Michael Matthews, a slave given to
him at age 6, turned his own good friend and boyhood spouse. That friendship
was a key to James G. Birney's lifetime insistence on following Thomas
Jefferson's "all males are created equivalent" assertion within the assertion of

One of the most important figures at the back of the
end of slavery in the United States, Birney, a little-known attorney from Kentucky and
Alabama sacrificed his fortune and social prestige within the explanation for equality.

After a long time within the South, making an attempt futilely
to persuade slaveholders to repent, Birney moved North to Saginaw County,
Michigan. He was once distraught after gaining purely approximately 7,000 votes for President
in the 1840 election, within which he grew to become the 1st candidate to espouse
anti-slavery sentiments.

Nominated back by way of the abolitionist
Liberty celebration in 1844, from his base in reduce Saginaw (later Bay urban) Birney's
crusade grew the anti-slavery move steadily. ultimately, in 1854
abolitionists amassed in Jackson, Michigan and in Wisconsin to shape the
Republican get together.

Devoting nearly their complete platform
to abolition, the recent occasion took the Presidency on its moment test with a
back-country Illinois attorney, Abraham Lincoln, at its head. The South erupted in
outrage on the election of Lincoln, cannon roared at feet. Sumter and Civil War

Birney had died in New Jersey but
several of his abolitionist sons, together with Union significant generals, carried
the banner to conflict within the South along Northerners nonetheless conflicted about
race. Birney's legacy keeps to encourage today.

The first biographical account of the lifetime of James Gillespie Birney in additional than fifty years, this fabulously insightful historical past illuminates and elevates an all-but-forgotten determine whose political profession contributed mightily to the yank political cloth. Birney was once a southern-born flesh presser on the center of the antislavery flow, with southern-born sons who have been significant generals all for key Union military actions, together with the management of the black troops. The interplay of the Birneys with historic figures (Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Clay) highlights the importance of the family's actions in politics and conflict. D. Laurence Rogers bargains a different historiography of the abolition stream, the Civil conflict, and Reconstruction throughout the reviews of 1 family members navigating momentous advancements from the founding of the Republic till the past due nineteenth century.

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