New York: A. B. Burdick, 1859.
Soft Cover. First Edition thus. First published in 1857, this ‘Compendium’ edition of Hinton Rowan Helper’s The Impending Crisis of the South abridged Helper’s original, divisive, abolitionist tract. The most prominent attack on slavery from the South before the Civil War, his statistics-heavy argument states slavery has held back the South’s potential for industrialization and general prosperity. It mainly succeeded in deepened the political divides of the nation; this abridged edition was used for Republican Party campaigning at the time. Front cover nearly separated, with chips and tears to the edges, and additional loss at the front joint. Slight foxing, and scattered dampstaining to the corners. Pink paperback with lettering in black.