NY: A. R. Burdick, 1860. First Edition, 15th thousand. 8vo, pp. 420. Library bookplate and discard stamps, bound in brown cloth stamped in blind, wear at the extremities of the spine, a good tight clean copy. Braodfoot page 210; See Afro-Americana 4704ff; See Sabin 31270; Howes H-400: "Voicing the conclusion that slavery was economically unsound, this work of a southern 'poor white,' officially banned in then South, vied in popularity with the sentimental "Uncle Tom's Cabin" DAB:"The book caused a greater sensation than "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and was a powerful contributing cause of the Civil War." Item #56217
The book uses contemporary census data to demonstrate how the North was able to surpass the South in agricultural production, wealth and literacy. Chapters include: ''Comparison Between the Free and Slave States,'' ''How Slavery Can Be Abolished'' and ''Southern Testimony Against Slavery.'' Helper was a racist who believed that Black men should be sent back to Africa. His "Nojoque" (1867) was an overt anti-Black tirade. (see Wesley p. 69).