The Founders and Slavery
lesl at UDEL.EDU
Thu Apr 20 12:27:05 PDT 2000
Was this fire not much later than the time period being disucssed
w/respect to Tom Jefferson and his fears?
Joan Del Fattore wrote:
> There's also the usual conflation of politics and economics.
> Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia, the national headquarters of the
> Abolitionist movement, was burned by an unlikely combination of nativists
> and Irish immigrants, all of whom feared an influx of cheap labor if
> the slaves were suddenly freed. Many of the nativists belonged to the
> Native American Party while the Irish Catholics tended to be Democrats,
> but that wasn't the point.
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