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Benjamin Lundy was a towering pioneer in the Anti -Slavery movement early in America's experience. This young man single handedly did more perhaps to kick off America's anti-slavery movement than any other person or early abolitionist in the nation and his direct appeals and non violent approach became the signatory model for all major abolitionists to follow in his footsteps, literally.
Without Benjamin Lundy there would be no William L. Garrison ...and in turn, therefore, no Frederick Douglass.
Lundy's newsprint articles and journal, the "Genius of Universal Emancipation"...as found above, is nothing short of the most original and consistent anti-slavery published writings against America's darkest sin and constitutional failing. His work found in the Genius is pioneering in its moral tone and sweeping condemnation of the "peculiar institution". His words are drawn from her personal Quaker faith and his private thoughts and most importantly his experiences as he walked around the entire nation advocating the end of slavery on moral grounds.
There were none that proceeded him in that expanse of his effort, in its sheer breadth and length of the personal effort he himself personally gave to the originating "first wave" of the American abolitionist movement.
He was the "voice crying in the wilderness" literally for the critical first decades of the American abolitionists movement and gave birth to the more serious later agitation of Garrison and others including Douglass to follow.
This paper and journal above is a young man's original writings and intonations against what he was personally seeing; it was a "report from the field" and it was also Garrisons own collection of essays and statements and position statements, if not sermon like reports against the most serious constitutional compromise this nation ever had, and had if it were to become a truthful nation dedicated in principle to its founding statements and promises, to rid itself of...
Lundy's pioneering works contained within the Genuis as found in this particular volume are among the first sustained journalistic efforts in which young and 19th Century Americans, one generation beyond the Founders and the Revolutionary generation, were suddenly confronted with what they saw as an immense evil in the midst, handed down to them with the same weight as the Constitutional Republic's promises were themselves and Lundy's writings contain that serious inner moral conflict and struggle with what to do with such a huge social and moral evil, a massive blemish if not cancer on the early promises and hopes of a young nation dedicated in and to human freedom. There's nothing quite like in the history of the Western literature.
Take a moment and journey into the moral philosophy of a deep but non violent Christian who is wrestling deeply and forthrightly with the moral divide that was early 19th Century America.
it is life changing in its scope. It also, helped move a nation closer to its ideals and gave rise to the greatest conflict on American soil ever to be seen