His Brother's Blood: Speeches and Writings, 1838-64

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His Brother's Blood is a story about ending slavery in America told in the words of one of the most eloquent and influential leaders of the antislavery movement -- Owen Lovejoy (1811-64). In 1837, Owen Lovejoy knelt before the dead body of his brother Elijah, an antislavery newspaper publisher killed by an angry proslavery mob in Alton, Illinois. It was then that he vowed never to forsake the cause that was now sprinkled with his brother's blood. Instead of seeking revenge on the murderers, Lovejoy dedicated ...
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His Brother's Blood is a story about ending slavery in America told in the words of one of the most eloquent and influential leaders of the antislavery movement -- Owen Lovejoy (1811-64). In 1837, Owen Lovejoy knelt before the dead body of his brother Elijah, an antislavery newspaper publisher killed by an angry proslavery mob in Alton, Illinois. It was then that he vowed never to forsake the cause that was now sprinkled with his brother's blood. Instead of seeking revenge on the murderers, Lovejoy dedicated himself to work with others to eradicate the system of racial slavery. In 1839, Lovejoy became a Congregational minister, serving in Princeton, Illinois, until 1856. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives that same year and became a powerful antislavery voice in the 37th Congress. Lovejoy faced prosecution several times for using his Princeton home to harbor slaves on their way north, and in 1852 he invited Frederick Douglass to Princeton, to promote opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

Lovejoy also helped to organize the Liberty Party, the Free Soil Party, the Free Democratic Party, and the Republican Party, blending religion with pragmatism in a new way, different from that of the Eastern abolitionists. He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1854 and supported Lincoln in his bid for U.S. senator. In the summer of 1856 when Lovejoy was nominated for Congress, Lincoln was at first upset, but within a month realized Lovejoy's political strength and supported him indirectly. In Congress, Lovejoy served as a bridge between the Radical Republicans and Lincoln. Lovejoy said of Lincoln, "If he does not drive as fast as I would, he is on the same road, and it is a question of time." Lincoln said of Lovejoy, "It would scarcely wrong any other to say, he was my most generous friend." His Brother's Blood is the first comprehensive collection of Lovejoy's sermons, campaign speeches, open letters, congressional exchanges, and addresses. It offers a colorful and important perspective on the turmoil leading up to the Civil War and the excitement in Congress that produced universal emancipation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780252029196
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2004
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Introduction xix
Editorial Method xxvii
Chronology xxix
Part 1 Member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1838-42
Introduction: Sinners, Saints, and God-fearing Folk 1
1. Open Letter to the Citizens of Alton, Illinois, 1838 4
2. Open Letter from the Rock River Congregational Association of Illinois to the Reformed Church of Scotland, July 16, 1841 15
3. Sermon on the Supremacy of the Divine Law, January 1842 19
4. Open Pastoral Letter to the Rock River Congregational Association, March 26, 1842 25
5. Sermon on Religion and Politics, July 21, 1842 33
Part 2 Member of the Liberty Party, 1842-48
Introduction: Evangelicals, Republicans, and Political Organizers 45
6. Address to the Liberty Party of Illinois, May 27, 1842 48
7. Open Letter Entitled "No Sin to Steal," July 26, 1842 55
8. Reports on Speeches at the National Liberty Party Convention in Buffalo, New York, August 30-31, 1843 58
9. Open Letter upon Returning from the Liberty Party Convention in Buffalo, New York, September 8, 1843 61
10. Sermon Entitled "Christ Died for All, without Regard to Person, Age, Rank or Color," July 1844 63
11. Report on Speeches at the Northwestern Convention of the Liberty Party in Chicago, June 1846 65
12. Two Letters and a Report While Canvassing in Massachusetts for the Liberty Party, Fall 1846 70
13. Report on Two Speeches at the Last National Liberty Party Convention, Buffalo, New York, October 20, 1847 77
Part 3 Member of the Free Soil and Free Democratic Parties, 1848-54
Introduction: Perfectionists, Opportunists, and Religious Change Agents 79
14. Open Letter in Response to Political Questions in the Aurora Guardian, July 14 and 15, 1848 82
15. Open Letter upon Returning from the Free Soil Convention in Buffalo, New York, August 22, 1848 86
16. Sermon on the Signs of the Coming Reign of the Messiah, January 1850 88
17. Report on the Free Democratic State Convention, October 25-26, 1853 93
Part 4 Leader in Forming the Republican Party, 1854-56
Introduction: Douglas, Lincoln, and Fusion 97
18. Report on Remarks at the State Republican Convention, October 4-5, 1854 100
19. Report on a Speech in the Illinois State Legislature on "Colored People" Having the Right to Testify in Court, January 11, 1855 102
20. Speech and Reporter's Comments on Three Antislavery Resolutions Given in the Illinois State Legislature, February 6 and March 5, 1855 105
21. Opening Prayer at the First National Meeting of the Republican Party, February 22, 1856 121
22. Report on a Speech at the First National Meeting of the Republican Party, February 22, 1856 123
23. Reports on the "Lost Speech" at the Bloomington, Illinois, Anti-Nebraska State Nominating Convention, May 29-31, 1856 126
24. Reports on a Speech after the Bolter's Convention in Bloomington, Illinois, July 16, 1856 129
25. Report on a Campaign Speech for Congress at Neponset, Illinois, October 26, 1856 135
Part 5 Minority Gadfly Member of the 35th Congress, 1857-59
Introduction: Ruffians, Abusers of Power, and "Fanatics" 137
26. First Speech in Congress, on Deception in the Treasury Note Bill, December 21, 1857 140
27. Speech Entitled "Human Beings, Not Property," in Response to the Supreme Court Decision on the Dred and Harriet Scott Case, February 17, 1858 142
28. Remarks on Contract Corruption during the Debate on the Deficiency Bill, April 2 and 7, 1858 154
29. Remarks on the Decoration of the Agriculture Committee Room, May 19, 1858 156
30. Acceptance Speech on Receiving Unanimous Renomination at the Joliet, Illinois, Convention, June 30, 1858 157
31. National Sabbath Speech at Bryant's Grove, Princeton, Illinois, July 22, 1858 161
32. Report on a Speech after the First Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858 162
33. Report on a Speech on the Fugitive Slave Law after the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Freeport, Illinois, August 27, 1858 164
34. Speech on the Fanaticism of the Democratic Party, February 21, 1859 166
35. Speech at the Mount Vernon Association, Princeton, Illinois, May 25, 1859 180
Part 6 Partisan Republican Member of the 36th Congress, 1860-61
Introduction: Voters, Compromisers, and Promise Keepers 183
36. Speech Championing the Homestead Bill, March 26, 1860 186
37. Debate on Slavery, Conducted under Hostile Conditions in Congress, April 5, 1860 191
38. Reports on and Concluding Remarks of a Campaign Speech Near Alton, Illinois, July 20, 1860 211
39. Report on a Campaign Speech at Greenup, Illinois, August 16, 1860 215
40. Report on a Campaign Speech at Freeport, Illinois, September 12, 1860 216
41. Campaign Speech at the Chicago Wigwam, October 15, 1860 225
42. Resolution on Obedience to the Constitution and the Defense of National Property, December 17, 1860 247
43. Speech and Brief Debate on Making No Compromises with Slavery, January 23, 1861 250
44. Brief Remarks on Compromises with Slavery, January 28, 1861 262
45. Report on a Speech at the War Meeting in Princeton, Illinois, April 25, 1861 263
Part 7 A Floor Leader of the Triumphant 37th Congress, 1861-63
Introduction: Unionists, Moderates, and Emancipationists 267
46. Resolutions Opposing the Return of Fugitive Slaves to Their Masters, July 8 and 9, 1861 270
47. Report on a Speech about the Use of War Powers to Free the Slaves with the Help of Black Troops, Late November 1861 271
48. Resolutions on Expanding the Confiscation Act to Include Slaves of All Citizens in Rebellion, December 5 and 20, 1861 278
49. Resolution Granting Diplomatic Status to "Hayti" and Liberia, December 11, 1861 281
50. Speech and Debate on the Conduct of the War, January 6, 1862 282
51. Remarks on the Surrender of Traitors to the British Government, January 14, 1862 294
52. Remarks on a Bill to Establish a Department of Agriculture, February 17, 1862 298
53. Remarks on Taxing Slaveholders per Slave, March 25, 1862 299
54. Response to Charges That Antislavery Men Are As Responsible for the War As the Rebels, March 25, 1862 301
55. Remarks on a Bill to Abolish Slavery in the District of Columbia, April 11, 1862 303
56. Remarks on the Pacific Railroad Bill, April 17, 1862 305
57. Speech and Brief Debate on the Second Confiscation Act, April 24, 1862 307
58. Resolutions on Prohibiting Slavery in the Territories, May 1, 9, 12, and June 17, 1862 324
59. Speech at Cooper Institute, New York City, with an Introduction by William Cullen Bryant, June 12, 1862 329
60. Speech at a War Meeting in Chicago, Rallying Troops and Encouraging the Use of Black Troops, August 2, 1862 349
61. Report on a Speech at a War Meeting in Princeton, Illinois, on the Agony and Necessity of This Conflict, August 7, 1862 351
62. Report on Remarks on the Emancipation Proclamation at the Springfield, Illinois, Convention, September 25, 1862 353
63. Reports on Speeches Promoting the Administration on the Campaign Trail, Fall 1862 355
64. Reports on and Speech at Princeton, Illinois, on Victory after a Bitter Campaign, November 14 and 19, 1862 357
65. Remarks on Reconstruction Policy Contrary to Congressman Stevens, January 9, 1863 366
66. Speech and Brief Debate on the Negro Regiment Bill, January 29, 1863 370
67. Open Letter to the Springfield Journal Affirming Lincoln for President, August 31, 1863 379
68. Report on a Speech in Princeton, Illinois, on the Results of Off-year Elections, October 22, 1863 381
69. Speech at the North Western Fair of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, November 5, 1863 385
70. Open Letter Read at the American Anti-Slavery Society Meeting in Philadelphia, November 22, 1863 391
71. Last Public Prayer at Hampshire Colony Congregational Church, November 26, 1863 393
Part 8 Esteemed Colleague of the 38th Congress, 1863-64
Introduction: Freedman, Avengers, and Allies 397
72. Report on Last Speech in Princeton, Illinois, on Reconstruction Policy, November 26, 1863 400
73. Remarks Concerning a Bill Making Slaveholding a Crime, December 14, 1863 402
74. Report on a Speech at the New City Hall in Portland, Maine, Predicting Lincoln's Re-election, December 26, 1863 404
75. Letter to William Lloyd Garrison, February 22, 1864 407
76. Last Public Words in the Form of a Letter to Governor John Andrew of Massachusetts, February 22, 1864 409
77. Eulogy by Abraham Lincoln, June 9, 1864 411
Bibliography 413
Index 423
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