Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick W. Adrian


The transmission of abolitionist literature through the United States mails was one of the issues which early involved the national government in the slavery controversy and one which intensified the bitterness between North and South. In spite of the fact that there had been a movement among some southerners, even stronger than any in the North, to eradicate slavery, the introduction of this literature into the South did much to weld the Southerners together as a unit, in defying the North and the federal government--and in defending the doctrine of states' rights and the institution of slavery.


A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Department of History and Government Municipal University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree of Master of Arts. Copyright 1950, Ruth Barrett.

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