Stone Collection: Volume 11 - Item 19
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19. B. Gratz Brown, Speech of Hon. B. Graz Brown, of the House of Representatives, State of Missouri, upon the Labor Question (Saint Louis, MO: Missouri Democrat Book & Job Office, 1857). (27 p.)
Speech advocating the gradual emancipation of slaves in Missouri as a means of attracting immigrants from Northern states and Europe. “Ours is a growing State, and needs population and labor; and it is to this condition of things, and in view of these wants, that we should shape our policy; and, in conjunction with surrounding States, build our faith upon Western measures. It would be as absurd for Missouri to ape the fanaticism of South Carolina upon the slavery issues as it would be to mimic Massachusetts upon the ultra abolition issues” (emphasis in original).