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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) to Ulysses S. Grant

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02448.14 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 December 1874 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.2 x 25.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith, a prominent abolitionist, philanthropist, and political reformer, transmits a circular (not included) which contains an extract from one of President Grant's recent speeches (not included, but possibly on the topic of civil rights).

Background Information: Gerrit Smith was a supporter of abolition, women's rights, temperance, and civil rights. He was a supporter of John Brown and provided Brown with funding for his raid on Harper's ...Ferry, West Virginia. He was elected to the United States Congress as a member of the Free Soil party and ran as a third-party candidate for U.S. President and for Governor of New York.See More

People: Grant, Ulysses S., 1822-1885
Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsCivil RightsJim CrowAfrican American HistoryReform MovementGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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