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Who Endorsed the Helper Book!

Place Made:
Probably New York City New York United States of America
Date Made:
ink –paper
Accession Number:
A broadside denouncing those who endorsed the 1857 book “The Impending Crises of the South: How to Meet It” by Hinton Rowan Helper (1829-1909). Born into a slave owning family in North Carolina, Helper argued for the abolition of slavery on economic grounds. He believed that slavery was preventing the Southern economy from prospering in a way that would benefit the large population of non-slave owning whites. If non-violent means of economic progress failed, he argued for the violent overthrow of the slave economy. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected President on a Republican platform that included Helper’s book. A polarizing document – particular after John Brown’s failed raid at Harper’s Ferry – it is considered by many to be the most important non-fiction abolitionist book published.

Though this broadside is not signed, it is cataloged by the Library of Conrgress as probably published in New York City in 1861.

Credit Line:
Gift to the Thomas A. Gray Rare Book and Manuscript Collection