anti-third-party man, Mr. Roosevelt
is not altogether fortunate.
Subsequent to the presidential campaign of 1844, the third-party Abolitionists held a convention in Pittsburg
, in which Giddings
was a leading actor.
As chairman of the committee on platform, he submitted a resolution declaring that both of the old parties were “hopelessly corrupt and unworthy of confidence.”
The Abolitionists could not see that they were under obligation to either of the old parties, believing they could do far better service for the cause they championed by standing up and being counted as candidates honestly representing their principles.
They fought both of the old parties, and finally beat them.
They killed the Whig party out and out, and so far crippled the Democrats that they have been limping ever since.
Their action, in the long run, as attested by the verdict of results, proved itself to be not only the course of abstract right, but of political expediency.
In 1840, the vote of the third-party Abolitionists, then for the first time in the political field, was 7000; in 1844 it was 60,000, and in 1848 it was nearly 300,000.
From that time, with occasional backsets, Mr. Roosevelt
's “political criminals” went steadily forward until they mastered the situation.
From the first, they were a power in the land, causing the older parties to quake, Belshazzar-like, at sight of their writing on the wall.
But according to Mr. Roosevelt
, the men of the Liberty-Free
-Soil party had no share in fathering and nurturing the Republican party, to which he assigns all the credit for crushing slavery.