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13 pages (2008/1907); 166KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00367
Wendell Phillips gave this speech in Faneuil Hall, Boston, on December 8, 1837; it was his first, wildly successful, public oration.
"This meeting had been called to denounce the murder of Lovejoy at Alton, Illinois, while defending his printing press, from which had been printed antislavery literature. Speeches had been made at this Boston meeting by Channing and others, when great astonishment was evoked by a speech from the attorney general of the commonwealth who in comparing the Alton attack on Lovejoy to the Boston Tea Party, said Lovejoy had 'died as the fool dieth.' Phillips, who followed this speaker, was then twenty-six years old. Only a few months before he had first become identified with the Antislavery Society. George William Curtis has likened the speech to Patrick Henry's 'electrical warning to George III.' He calls it 'the greatest of oratical triumphs,' and mentions Lincoln's Gettysburg speech as the 'third of three that are illustrious in our history.' " -- William Jennings Bryan