When the crisis in Kansas over allowing—or banning—slavery in the territory erupted in 1854, it became a symbol of the cause for both southerners and northern abolitionists. Noted abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson traveled to Kansas in 1856. On his way, he stopped in St. Louis and visited a slave auction. Kenneth Winn introduces Higginson’s account, reprinted here.
Winn, Kenneth H.
"A New England Abolitionist Visits a St. Louis Slave Trader,"
The Confluence (2009-2020): Vol. 9
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/confluence_2009/vol9/iss1/5