An Essay on Liberty and Slavery.
An Essay on Liberty and Slavery.

An Essay on Liberty and Slavery.

“A highly important and sophisticated proslavery argument by a professor at the Univ. of Virginia. Bledsoe addresses the abolitionists, the religious implications, the public good, and the Fugitive Slave Law.”—Jenkins.  Author Albert Taylor Bledsoe (1809–1877), a Kentucky native, West Point graduate, Illinois attorney, and professor of mathematics at the University of Virginia, subsequently became an ally of Jefferson Davis, a Confederate soldier, and a leading defender of the South and of slavery.  The present work contains much on civil liberty, abolitionism (including arguments opposing it from Bible authority and the falsehoods of abolitionists), and on fugitive slave laws.  “In 1867 Bledsoe founded and became the first editor of the quarterly Southern Review in Baltimore, Maryland, and in that capacity he continued to advance his virulently prosouthern views.” (ANB)  Contemporary ownership inscription of Alfred B. Tucker, possibly a Confederate surgeon from Virginia.¹

Description: An Essay on Liberty and Slavery.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856. 383pp. 8vo. Publisher’s, original brown blindstamped cloth with gilt spine titling. Contemporary ownership inscription; later bookplate. Some wear to head and tail of spine and some rubbing to extremities; foxing; very good.


Afro-Americana 1281. Blockson Catalogue 9400. Work p314. Note. 1. Inventory of the Brown, Coalter, Tucker Papers (I) 1780-1929 Brown, Coalter, Tucker Papers, 1780-1929 Mss. 65 B85 [University of Virginia] accessed online.


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