Rebellion 1836     
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Detail from an 1836 engraving depicting Dade's massacre
Detail from an 1836 engraving depicting events from the slave uprising during the Second Seminole War. Originally prepared for D.F. Blanchard's 1836 narrative of the war. Library of Congress.
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During Adams’ speech, southern members of the House became enraged, as would happen for years to come when Adams or Giddings took up issues touching on slave rebellion. Since Nat Turner’s revolt in 1831, southern lawmakers had counseled vigorously against any public discussion of slave rebellion. Yet here was Adams, speaking on the Congressional record no less, practically making the case for revolt. For those who understood the nature of events in Florida, Adams’ case was not even hypothetical, coming at a time when, as William Lloyd Garrison wrote a friend in May of 1836, Seminole Indians were known to have “ravaged many plantations, killed many inhabitants, and emancipated a considerable number of slaves.”

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Sources: Register of Debates, House of Representatives, 24th Cong. 1st Sess. 440, William Lloyd Garrison to George Thompson, May 24, 1836, Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, 2: 105. ©
Part 4, Freedom: Outline  l Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 + War: 1832-1838
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 - Freedom: 1850-1882
+ Cost of Freedom
+ Liberty Foretold
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Lincoln's Choice
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+ Liberty Found
 + Legacy & Conclusion