[Call for National Disunion Convention]

[Call for National Disunion Convention]

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This printed circular announces that the State Disunion Convention, which met at Worcester in January, has "recommended a National Convention, based on the same principles, during the present year." The circular declares that the Convention "established the question of Union or Disunion, as an open question, among a large and influential class who have hitherto shrunk from the consideration of the subject." The authors refer to recent events in the country like the Fugitive Slave law, the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the Dred Scott decision, commenting that with these tensions, the nation is in "a truce, not a peace ... Not a wrong is yet redressed." They also criticize Republican leaders as having an attitute of "timidity and compromise" and compare that with "the mass of Republican voters, [who] in many States, are becoming more radically anti-slavery." The circular outlines the appeal of the Disunion Convention and asks the recipient to add their name to the call so that "the existence and wide distribution of this sentiment will be exhibited, and increased interest will be given to the Convention. It is signed by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Wendell Phillips, Daniel Mann, and William Lloyd Garrison.


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