Graphic Arts has acquired a large broadside “extra” printed in 1839 by the American Anti-Slavery Society’s official newspaper, Emancipator (GA2007.00285). The 27 ½ x 21 inch sheet was prepared in reaction to a resolution by the House of Representatives against passage of any bills to end slavery.
The resolution, written by a special committee chaired by Henry L. Pinckney of South Carolina, recommended: that all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers, relating in any way, or extent whatever, to the subject of slavery, or the abolition of slavery, shall without being either printed or referred, be laid on the table, and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon.” The resolution passed by a vote of 177 to 68.
A good text to read for further information: Dwight Lowell Dumond, Antislavery; the Crusade for Freedom in America (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press ). Firestone Library 1083.313.2