II. SPOONER VERSUS PHILLIPS: AN OVERVIEW OF THEIR “GREAT DEBATE”

In 1855, Lewis Tappan, a New York abolitionist, wrote to Louis Alexis Chamerovzow, the Secretary of the British and Foreign AntiSlavery Society, about abolitionist organizations in the United States. Writing about the founders of the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, Tappan observed that they initially: conceded that they could not constitutionally touch the slavery question […]