1867 · [Harrisburg
Early in Reconstruction, Shunk delivers a bitter, sarcastic attack on the "Abolition Yankee," i.e., "that band of malignants who now dominate over New England, and, as has been most truly said, 'rule us for their pleasure and plunder us for their profit'." Unlike noble Unionists like Pennsylvania's Andrew Curtin, 'Abolition Yankees' are "the most ferocious and lawless majority that ever held a land under its heel."
Shunk denounces everything about abolitionists, including "the artistic exaggeration and pathetic painting of Uncle Tom's Cabin." Indeed, "The 'party of freedom,' as they still style themselves, proved to be the party of slavery, whose shackles bound the wrists of their own race."
OCLC 480616241 [1- NYHS], 48156386 [1- Yale], 15170375 [2- U GA], as of October 2019. LCP 9403 records the Bedford, Pa., printing. Not in Bartlett or Sabin. (Inventory #: 31654)