Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.
Smith discusses how peace activists and pacifists justified their support of the North during the Civil War.
Smith defends the pacifist Garrison from the charge of hypocrisy for supporting the Union during the Civil War.
Smith discusses some of the very few abolitionists who defended the right of southern states to secede from the Union.
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.
Smith summarizes Spooner’s basic arguments for the unconstitutionality of slavery.
Smith discusses Spooner’s contention that the Constitution carries no moral authority but that it still can be understood as antislavery.
Smith explains why Spooner believed that defending the unconstitutionality of slavery was essential to abolitionism.
Smith explores some features of Spooner’s philosophy of law, as found in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
Smith discusses Spooner’s defense of the right to use violence in self-defense, even against agents of a government.
Smith explains how Spooner reconciled his theory of nonvoting with his view that the Constitution is antislavery, and how he treated discussions of slavery during the Constitutional Convention.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the 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 some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.