1863 booklet ‘DOES THE BIBLE SANCTION AMERICAN SLAVERY?’ Goldwin Smith

Anti-slavery booklet published in the UK that was instrumental in changing English opinion of the American Civil War. Based on a lecture given by Goldwin Smith at the Manchester Atheneum (UK).

“Christian England tampered with slavery for wealth. The Christian states of N. America have tampered with slavery for Empire and for the pride of a great Confederacy; and they have paid the penalty, first in the poison which the domination of the slave-owner has spread through their political & social system, and secondly, in this dreadful & disastrous war.”

Printed 'Oxford and London: John Henry and James Parker. 1863

First Edition, softcover, 76 pages + covers.

Covers have chips of paper missing. Color of back cover (reddish) not same as front (faded). Stain on front cover. Some paper missing off of spine. Some paper creases and toning UR front cover and inside first page.

6 ⅞” x 4 ½”.

Goldwin Smith

Goldwin Smith (1823 – 1910) was a British historian and journalist, active in the United Kingdom and Canada.

The outbreak of the American Civil War proved a turning point in his life. Unlike most of the ruling classes in England, he championed the cause of the North, and his pamphlets, especially one entitled Does the Bible Sanction American Slavery? (1863), played a prominent part in converting English opinion. Visiting America on a lecture tour in 1864, he received an enthusiastic welcome, and was entertained at a public banquet in New York. Andrew Dickson White, president of Cornell University at Ithaca, N.Y., invited him to take up a teaching post at the newly founded institution...

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