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Favorable or Unfavorable #327: Joshua Giddings


Favorable or Unfavorable #327: Joshua Giddings  

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Joshua Giddings of OH was one of the most vocal abolitionists. In a way, he's kind of like the Charles Sumner before Charles Sumner. Like many of the strongest abolitionists, he supported violence to end slavery--including advocating slave insurrections. 

His actions:

Giddings, Joshua 1841 Opposes Seminole War, claiming it is a war for slavery
Giddings, Joshua 1842 Opposes gag rule, breaking it in anti-slavery speech, is censured, resigns
Giddings, Joshua 1846 A leader among opponents of Mexican War
Giddings, Joshua 1848 proposes plebiscite re D.C. slavery
Giddings, Joshua 1848 Leaves the Whigs, joining the Free Soil Party
Giddings, Joshua 1850 Opposes Fugitive Slave Act, advocates that escaped slaves shoot at their potential captors
Giddings, Joshua 1854 mobilizes opposition to KS-NB Act
Giddings, Joshua 1858 Delivers major "American Infidelity" speech against slavery
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