Address on the impolicy of slavery, 1824


Date: 1824 | Size: 1 item(s), 1 item, 37 p.


This address was delivered in Philadelphia before an "association formed for the education of men of colour." Vaux shows how slavery adversely affects the interest, happiness, and safety of the owner, slave, society, and government.

Background note

Quaker Roberts Vaux was an American juror, philanthropist and abolitionist; he became a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1819.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 37 p.


Purchased from Amran ($40.00) and accessioned, 1960 (156ms).

African American History Note

An example of an address given during the antebellum abolition movement.

Early American History Note

This collection contains the text of a speech Robert Vaux, a Philadelphia-area philanthropist, delivered to the Association for the Education of Men of Colour. The speech's content is aimed at criticizing the institution of slavery and its effects on society. Vaux's speech sometimes applies a comparative historical account of slavery, discussing its practice in Europe, such as in Sicily and during Roman times. More often, he describes the ill-effects of slavery on the economy and general development of slave societies, often drawing comparisons to what life is like in the free states.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association for the Education of Men of Colour


  • Manuscript Essays
  • Speeches.


  • Abolition, emancipation, freedom
  • African American
  • Antebellum Politics
  • Slavery -- United States.
  • Slaves, slavery, slave trade
  • Social conditions, social advocacy, social reform