Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.
Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.
Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.