An Age of Compromise and Crises, 1820-60


James Appleton (1785-1862) The Missouri Compromise; or, The extension of the slave power (Boston, 1843?)

James Appleton, who became Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, was a leading figure in the temperance movement in Massachusetts and an opponent of slavery. His critique of the Missouri Compromise is part of a collection of antislavery literature published by the New England Anti-Slavery Tract Association, which during the 1830s circulated antislavery tracts to influential Southerners in hopes of appealing to their morality and persuading them to take up the cause of abolition.

*AC85 L8605 842pd (B) – Deposited by the Longfellow House Trust, 1954.