Freedom or Slavery Which shall it be? C. E. Brown.

Freedom or Slavery Which shall it be?

Norway, Maine: the author, [1883-1887]. Single large sheet, printed on one side, 12.5x24 inches, faint creases with very small holes at former junctions of folds, paper yellowed, encased in protective mylar sleeve to prevent deterioration.

Large broadside printed in small font, five vertical columns, concluding with a three-stanza poem. C.E. Brown, a former employee of Thomas White & Co. in Holbrook, MA, rails against the capitalist exploitation of workers in the local shoe production industry of Norway, Maine. Declares the plight of local workers to be different from southern slavery only in name; argues that Lincoln may have freed the slaves of the south, but by signing the Conscript Act of 1863, he and Congress "planned and plotted in cold blood to murder men because they were poor." Quotes a story from the Boston Herald about the dangerous conditions at a shoe factory; Brown is cited in the story as a witness who was fired for reporting to management about dangerous unboxed shafting and belting. Brown notes that a manufacturer from Lynn, Massachusetts who was unsuccessful at crushing his workers is now moving to Norway to try again. He challenges Maine governor Frederick Robie to stop the exploitation of Italian laborers imported from New York by J. Miller of Lewiston, Maine. Concludes with poem celebrating men of labor "claiming equal rights to sunshine/ in a man's ennobling name." Robie served as governor from 1883 to 1887.

Cat.No: 129582

Price: $150.00