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Charles Buxton Going, David Wilmot: Free-Soiler

Wilmot was to the North What Calhoun was to the South.

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Charles Buxton Going’s David Wilmot: Free-Soiler tells the neglected story of one of the great activists and politicians of the antebellum age.

While Wilmot is remembered for his unsuccessful proviso to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that attempted to ban slavery from territories conquered from Mexico, his whole career was a fascinating one of an active free-soil propagandist.

Wilmot was, as the author observes, the Calhoun of the North.

The language of the Wilmot Proviso was adopted, almost word-for-word, into the 13th Amendment in 1865.

“…neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory, except for crime, whereof the party shall first be duly convicted.”

Very good in lightly chipped dust jacket.

From the library of famed Marxist historian and activist Herbert Aptheker with his signature.

A scarce volume with a nice association!

Going, Charles Buxton. DAVID WILMOT, FREE-SOILER: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE GREAT ADVOCATE OF THE WILMOT PROVISO. NY: 1924. 1st edition, 787p., frontispiece, plate.