Dissolution of the Union

February 25, 1842

Notes of a meeting of the Essex County A.S. Society, Feb 8, 1842.  A resolution presented by Garrison, calling for disunion, debated, and in evening session, finally voted to be “laid on the table”, for discussion at the next meeting.  The resolution included some language such as: “..it is morally and politically impossible for a just or equal union to be formed between Liberty and Slavery”; it refers to the adoption of the Federal constitution as “a guilty and fatal compromise made by the people of the North with southern oppressors, by which slavery has been nourished, protected and enlarged up to the present hour, to the impoverishment and disgrace of the nation, the sacrifice of civil
and religious freedom, and the crucifixion of humanity…..”