Anti-Abolition Tracts, No. 2. Free Negroism: or, Results of Emancipation in the North and the West Indian Islands; with Statistics of the Decay of Commerce, Idleness of the Negro, His Return to Savageism. And the Effect of Emancipation upon Farming, Mechanical and Laboring Classes.


Virulent attack during the Civil War on the abolitionist cause, weighing in on the potential impact of emancipation for American slaves. This anti-abolitionist tract is premised on the racist beliefs of black inferiority, “degraded character,” and indolence. It observations on free African Americans in the North is followed by an extensive consideration of slavery in the West Indies.

The tract was published by physician John Van Evrie (1814–1896), a noted defender of slavery and popularizer of scientific racism. He was the author of Negroes and “Negro Slavery:” The First an Inferior Race—the Latter its Normal Condition (1861) and the publisher of other anti-abolition works such as Southern Wealth and Northern Profits and Negro Slavery not Unjust and another tract, Abolition and Secession, written “by a Unionist.” The back cover contains a full-page ad defending the need for his tracts as a countermeasure to “twenty-five or thirty years” of the abolitionists’ “false and pernicious doctrines.”


Description: Anti-Abolition Tracts, No. 2. Free Negroism: or, Results of Emancipation in the North and the West Indian Islands; with Statistics of the Decay of Commerce, Idleness of the Negro, His Return to Savageism. And the Effect of Emancipation upon Farming, Mechanical and Laboring Classes.

New York: Van Evrie, Horton & Co. 1862. First edition. 32pp. 8½ x 5¾ inches. Original, printed wrappers; stitched. Partially disbound; fragile wrappers with a few closed tears, chipping along bottom edges; small loss to final leaf and lower wrapper in margin, not affecting text; fair to good.

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Not in Blockson Catalogue. Sabin 25713.


Price: $175.00