National Progress Against Slavery

July 8, 1864

Henry C. Wright’s letter to Garrison lists twenty-four events which occurred after March 4, 1861, the date of Lincoln’s inauguration.  Wright lists them so that those who “labor for the abolition of slavery, and for justice to the negro,” might read them, and take courage.  “Though much remains to be done to redeem the enslavers as well as the enslaved from the blight of slavery, yet thus much has been done.  The nation is on its way to the full recognition of the equality and manhood of the negro before the law…”