country, and as holding a place by the side of the Fugitive Slave Law
. True, he afterwards — this was in 1848,--like Saul
, saw a new light and announced himself as a Free Soiler.
Then the Abolitionists, with what must always be regarded as an extraordinary concession to partisan policy, cast aside their prejudices and gave him their support.
Yet Mr. Roosevelt
charges them with being indifferent to the demands of political expediency.
General William Henry Harrison
, candidate of the Whigs
, was a Virginian by birth and training, and an inveterate pro-slavery man. When Governor
of the Territory of Indiana
, he presided over a convention that met for the purpose of favoring, notwithstanding the prohibition in the Ordinance of ‘87, the introduction of slavery in that Territory.
These were the men between whom the old parties gave the Abolitionists the privilege of pick and choice.
Declining to support either of them, they gave their votes to James G. Birney
, candidate of the newly formed Liberty party.
He was a Southern man by birth and a slave-owner by inheritance, but, becoming convinced that slavery was wrong, he freed his negroes, giving them homes of their own, and so frankly avowed his Anti-Slavery convictions that he was driven from his native State.
His supporters did not expect to elect him, but they hoped to begin a movement that would lead up to victory.
They were planting seed in what they believed to be receptive soil.
After 1840, the old parties became more and more submissive to the Slave Power