American Experience

Burning Abolitionist Literature

Clip: Season 25 Episode 12 | 1m 58s

The Anti-Slavery Society's great postal campaign of 1835 flooded the South with abolitionist literature. Instead of bringing about the end of slavery, it triggered a wave of repression. In Charleston, SC, 3,000 people gathered in Post Office square to destroy anti-slavery materials and burn Garrison in effigy.

Aired: 01/08/13

Rating: NR

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