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"County Anti-Slavery Meeting" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper

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The 1830s were the heyday of the formation of anti-slavery societies. Associations were established at the town, county and state levels. This is a notice for the annual meeting of the Franklin County (Massachusetts) Anti-Slavery Society which was formed in 1836. It asks that towns having anti-slavery societies send delegates. The speakers for this meeting included James G. Birney (1792-1857) who was born in the slave state of Kentucky and founded the abolitionist newspaper the Philanthropist in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1836. Other speakers were Reverend Nathaniel Colver from the First Free Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and Henry B. Stanton (1805-1887) who married suffragette Elizabeth Cady in 1840. The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.


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