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Title: Lewis Hayden

Speaker or author: Hayden, Lewis, 1815-1889

Newspaper or publication: Frederick Douglass' Paper

Debate between Mr. Hayden and Mr. Githell, a slaveholder, over the morality of slavery. The speaker said it was immoral to hold human beings as property. Mr. Githell's point was that while he was against slavery, each of his slaves represented a monetary investment that he wanted to be compensated for. Mr. Githell believed God would end slavery, but that this couldn't happen yet because the slave offered economic prosperity to the slaveholder.

Description of file(s): PDF 2 page, 433 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1855-02-14

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: Frederick Douglass; fugitive; Fugitive Slave Law; J. W. Githell; property; William Lloyd Garrison; William Wells Brown

People: Brown, William Wells; Douglass, Frederick; Garrison, William Lloyd; Githell, J. W.

Publication type: Newspapers; Speeches

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