SPEECH OF GERRIT SMITH, / (TO HIS NEIGHBORS,) / In Peterboro, N.Y., June 22, 1872. [Caption title]. Gerrit SMITH.

SPEECH OF GERRIT SMITH, / (TO HIS NEIGHBORS,) / In Peterboro, N.Y., June 22, 1872. [Caption title].

[Peterboro, N.Y.? np, 1872]. Single sheet folded to 30.5 x 22.5 cm., 3pp., text in three columns (4th page blank). First lines: "The Democratic Party is my dread. The Republican party is my hope." Smith's narrative speaks to the idea that the Democratic Party, which had once valued human rights equality in Reconstruction, it had become the party of Klu-Klux Klan and voter suppression. He ends with: "Is there a black man either at the North or at the South, who is inclined to vote the Democratic ticket? He had better die than do it...." A piece to reflect on the shifting sands of political parties. Item #66139

Price: $225.00

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