Recollections of the Antislavery Conflict. [Inscribed Copy]

Notable copy presented and autographed by author and antislavery activist Samuel J. May “(now in his 93d year”) to a family member named Joseph May, perhaps a son. The book is inscribed and dated by May in the year of the book’s publication.

Samuel Joseph May (1797–1871) was a stalwart radical reformer, UGRR station master, and Unitarian minister. “A chance meeting with William Lloyd Garrison in 1830 drew May into the abolitionist movement ... May joined Garrison in founding the radical antislavery movement and helped organize the New England Anti-Slavery Society (1832), the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833), and the Garrisonian peace organization, the New England Non-Resistance Society (1838). A model antislavery agent, May lectured throughout the North, published scores of antislavery pamphlets and addresses, and helped modernize the agency system of the antislavery societies. He was one of the few whites to work closely with black abolitionist leaders and made the idea of racial equality central to his antislavery appeal.” (ANB)

May’s work is a sweeping history of the antislavery movement, reflecting upon the early pioneers of the movement and associated events. Walker’s Appeal, the Fugitive Slave Law, various riots, African Americans of distinction; these are a small sample of May’s overview within. May would die two years after this inscription, written as a nonagenarian.

Description: Recollections of the Antislavery Conflict. [Inscribed Copy]

Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co, 1869. 408pp. First Edition. Small 8vo, publisher’s green cloth. Gilt spine lettering dulled; general wear to head and foot of cocked spine; gatherings between 145-192 essentially entirely pulled out from text block and sewing; fair, thus.


Sabin 47078.

Price: $375.00

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