Giddings Goes to Washington

Joshua R. Giddings

Flavel Sutliff’s law partner was Joshua R. Giddings, abolitionist lawyer, who was elected to Congress in 1838. Arriving in Washington amid the debate over the “gag rule” that prohibited the reading of antislavery petitions, Giddings’s letters to his law partner reveal much about the inner workings of the House of Representatives, the anti-abolition climate of Washington, DC, and Giddings’s own commitment to bring an end to slavery in the United States.

Joshua R. Giddings Documents