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Subtitle: Political Action.

Title: Colored American - October 19, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer makes a distinction between "political action" and "moral action" regarding the issues of slavery and emancipation. He tells his readers that some abolitionists are acting only as it serves their political purposes, not as a moral obligation to God. He urges his readers to continue going to the polls, but to cast their votes for what is religiously right, not what is best for the political party.

Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)

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

Keywords: abolition; citizenship; Civil rights; disfranchisement; emancipation; Friend of Man; government; legislation; politics; Samuel Cornish; Slavery; voting rights; William Goodell

People: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858; Goodell, William

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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