Thomas Earle as a Reformer. Edwin B. Bronner.

Thomas Earle as a Reformer

Philadelphia: International Printing Company, 1948. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo. Complete. 97 pages plus frontispiece. Signed by the author on the title page. Sound binding with intact hinges. Clean pages. Gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Almost no wear to cover. Near Fine. Item #008318

Somewhat scarce biography about a staunch supporter of voting rights for African-Americans. Earle, originally from Leicester, Massachusetts, moved to Philadelphia in 1817 where he practiced law and edited several newspapers. In 1837, he led the call for revising Pennsylvania's constitution, served as a member of the consitutional convention, and prepared the first draft of that document.

A long-time Democrat, Earle incurred the wrath of his party by advocating for black suffrage. The Democrats soundly defeated Earle's proposal and at their insistence, the word "white" was used in the new constitution officially disenfranchising blacks. Subsequently, Earle ran unsuccessfully for Vice-President of the United States as a member of the Liberty Party.

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