1840. Item #74874
(HILDRETH, Richard). DESPOTISM IN AMERICA; OR, AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND THE RESULTS OF THE SLAVE-HOLDING SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES. Second Edition. By the Author of "Archy Moore." Boston: Mass. Anti-Slavery Society; New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1840. 12mo. 186 pp., +  pp. publisher's adv. Contemporary binding: dun paper boards, green cloth back, printed paper spine label. Ex-library; bookplate at front pastedown and no other marks. Binding is moderately soiled and rubbed all over, with shallow at heel and a small nick at crown. Text is lightly foxed throughout. A solid and very good copy overall of the second edition, which was printed in the same year as the first. (Howes 31773) Hildreth was born in Massachusetts, educated at Harvard, and worked briefly as a lawyer before turning to journalism and writing. He helped found and edit the Boston Daily Atlas (1832), contributing pieces on a variety of social and economic themes. After traveling through the South, he wrote one of the first anti-slavery novels, The Slave: or Memoirs of Archy Moore (1836), which was quite popular. In Despotism in America, Hildreth proposes that while the northern states were advancing toward democracy the southern states were growing into an aristocracy; he also examines the master and slave relationship, the political, economic, and personal results of the system, and the legal basis for slavery in the United States. (DAB, Larned 1898).