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Niles' eight essays on the "Mitigation of Slavery"...

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May 08, 1819

NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore (8-issue set)

* The "Mitigation of Slavery" - 8 issues
* Serialized essay by Hezekiah Niles'
* His plan to abolish slavery in America

 A set of 8 issues which contain all eight essays by publisher Hezekiah Niles titled the: "Mitigation of Slavery" in which he puts forth five propositions to that end.
The issues are dated May 8, 15, 22; June 19, 26; July 17; Aug. 14 & 21, 1819. 
His last essay includes in part: "...We have thus passed through the series proposed & given our sentiments freely on the subject of slavery, and the means of mitigating its evils..." with much more.
Each issue is complete in 16 pages, measures 6 by 9 1/2 inches, some typical foxing, very good condition.
Note - The History's Newsstand Blog featured this set in the post: "The Impact of Newspapers on the Abolition of Slavery".

The following details are excerpted from Civil-War-Cause:
"In 1819, in the midst of intense frustration over the defeat of tariff legislation by slave-state senators, Niles embarked on an anti-slavery crusade in the pages of his newspaper. On May 8, Niles published an article, "The Mitigation of Slavery, No. 1," the first of a numbered series of articles on the slavery question. In earlier years, mentions of slavery in the pages of the Register were relatively scarce. Now they became frequent.
He set out five propositions (listed on the front page of May 8) that he would address in this and succeeding articles...As the editor of the nation's most influential newspaper, he was in an awesome position of power to sway the public to his cause. In this he must be regarded as one of the most important causing agents of the U. S. Civil War.
When Niles was done with his career, Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune took up the torch of anti-slavery and tariff protection. He, in turn, was joined by Henry Jarvis Raymond, founder of the New York Times and one of the founders of the Republican political party."

Category: Pre-Civil War