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Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1 14 0 Browse Search
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Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 2: the Boston mob (search)
ame forward as a friend of the oppressed, with one possible exception. They were engaged in the timehonored pastime of passing by on the other side. Pro-slavery meetings were held in New York and other cities and pro-slavery riots broke out in many parts of the North. A great meeting was held at Faneuil Hall, Boston, on August 21st, 1835, to protest against Abolition. The principal men of the city took part and the mayor was in the chair. One of the orators turned to the portrait of Washington and invoked his example on behalf of the slave-holders. The sum of three thousand dollars was offered in the South for the apprehension of Arthur Tappan, the New York philanthropist. At Concord (auspicious name!) Whittier was pelted with stones and mud. A Harvard professor lost his chair on account of his Abolition sentiments, and leading Northern publishers took pains to assure the South that they would print nothing hostile to slavery. This ignominious subservience to the slave power
Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 11: the results of the war in the South (search)
en by a Negro at the same time, and I took it from my portmanteau and laid it beside the other volume. My book was Booker Washington's Up from slavery, a book which I had some difficulty in getting in a great Southern city, and which proved concluss' distance by academic theories; but it is safe to say that it will only be solved by the spirit of love, and that Booker Washington shows far more of this than the author of The leopard's Spots. Mr. Dixon may not know it, but he seems to believe t and honor. He must put down himself the crimes against women which are his shame, and I have faith that men like Booker Washington can set such a movement on foot. The white clergy of the South have a tremendous responsibility. They have an inffrom slavery --well — if any man has earned the right to the whitest of skins (if he would like to have one) it is Booker Washington. And if these three gentlemen came on the stage again together, I am confident that we should find the last of the
Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 12: practical lessons from Garrison's career (search)
stion of vitality. The Real Thing may be good or bad, but it must be alive. God is the Real Thing and the devil is the Real Thing, and in between all are the shams and make-believes and hypocrisies that make up such a large part of existence. And the indictment of Washington is that it is a sham. There is something great in the idea of ruling. Even with all the cruelties of Cortez and Genghis Khan, governing is a great thing — a crime, a sin, an evil, if you will-but still great. But Washington does not rule. It has a name that it rules, and is a slave. Once it was ruled by the oligarchy of Southern landholders and slave-holders. To-day it is ruled by the oligarchy of finance. Dig in Pennsylvania avenue and you will soon find Wall street under the surface. Washington is not the Real Thing. Ostensible, nominal governments rarely are. At their inauguration they are genuine; but nations grow and their forms of government do not keep pace with their growth, and the power gra
had erected for a meeting place at a cost of forty thousand dollars was fired by a mob, the fire department of that city threw water on surrounding property, but not one drop would it contribute to save the property of the Abolitionists. Why was it that this devotion to slavery and this hostility to its opposers prevailed in the non-slaveholding States? They had not always existed. Indeed, there was a time, not so many years before, when slavery was generally denounced; when men like Washington and Jefferson and Henry, although themselves slave-owners, led public opinion in its condemnation. Everybody was anticipating the day of universal emancipation, when suddenlyalmost in the twinkling of an eye — there was a change. If it had been a weather-cock — as to a considerable extent it was, and is-public opinion could not have more quickly veered about. Slavery became the popular idol in the North as well as in the South. Opposition to it was not only offensive, but dangerous.
laimed to be history, almost without number, speak of the President's pronouncement as if it caused the bulwarks of slavery to fall down very much as the walls of Jericho are said to have done, at one blast, overwhelming the whole institution and setting every bondman free. Indeed, there are multitudes of fairly intelligent people who believe that slaveholding in this country ceased the very day and hour the proclamation appeared. In a recent magazine article, so intelligent a man as Booker Washington speaks of a Kentucky slave family as being emancipated by Mr. Lincoln's proclamation, when, in fact, the proclamation never applied to Kentucky at all. The emancipationists of Missouri were working hard to free their State from slavery, and they would have been only too glad to have Mr. Lincoln do the work for them. They appealed to him to extend his edict to their State, but got no satisfaction. The emancipationists of Maryland had much the same experience. Both Missouri and Ma
d, Gen. John M., and military control of Missouri, 163-164; charges against, 164; relieved from command, 168. Secession, pretext for, 48. Sewell, Samuel E., 204. Sharp, John, Jr., 203. Shipley, Thomas, 203. Sigel, General, 183. Slave-owners, mastery of, 32. Slave power, submission to, 5; northward march, 13. Slave production in Northern States, 31. Slavery, destruction of, i; overthrow of, 3; in antebellum days, 20; and Biblical authority, 22; a State institution, 27; condemned by Washington, Jefferson, and Henry, 31; Northern support, 33-35, 68; spread of, 42; introduction into Territories, 43-44; practical extirpation, 138. Sleeper, John R., 203. Smith, Gen. A. J., 168. Snelling, William J., 201. Southard, Nathaniel, 202. South Carolina black horse, 192. Southmayd, Daniel, 202. Southwick, Joseph, 202. Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 102, 204. Stanton, Henry Brewster, 204. Stebbins, Giles B., 205. Sterling, John M., 203. Stevens, Thaddeus, 148, 177. Stewart, Alvin, 205.
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
, and the days more than full of manifold tasks. To his over-anxious mother, the dutiful son reported his doings thus:— I have just been writing a sheet of Maxims for Maidens going to Normal School. Two of my children—they were little girls when I came here—are bound thither in a fortnight. . . to let two such locomotives as these two girls go off to one small town . . . without any manual of wisdom would be obviously unsafe; so I have written them a series of little Maxims like General Washington's. This I say partly to frighten you, because you believe such singular things about me that I have no doubt you suppose that I advise them to take boxing lessons every Sunday morning . . . but I don't. Again he wrote:— I was amused yesterday by reading in a note of Dr. Young's Chronicles that when Francis Higginson, the ancient, became a non-conformist he was accordingly excluded from his pulpit; but a lectureship was established for him, in which he was maintained by the volun
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
the Civil War appealed to Colonel Higginson's sense of justice; and he interested his friends in replenishing the vacant shelves, contributing many books from his own library. Both white and colored schools were visited on this trip, but Booker Washington's Institution at Tuskegee and the Calhoun school, of which Colonel Higginson was a trustee, were of especial interest to him. At Calhoun, which is in the Black Belt, the colored people came from twenty miles around, many walking this distanbenignant hand on Colonel Higginson's shoulder and exclaimed, Say what you please! On his return from this memorable trip, Colonel Higginson found that he was somewhat criticized by certain Boston colored people, who were antagonistic to Booker Washington, for taking part in the expedition and especially for speaking at Tuskegee. Thereupon, with his usual fearless way of grappling with difficulties, Colonel Higginson requested his critics to meet him at Parker Memorial Hall. With one sympa
175, 176. Travellers and Outlaws, 319, 418. Tubman, Harriet, 219. Twain, Mark, account of, 259, 260, 373, 374. Tyndall, John, 335; Higginson hears, 324; letter from, 327. Underwood, F. H., and Atlantic, 155; Higginson's protest to, 158. Up the St. Mary's, 251, 409. Vere, Aubrey de, Higginson on, 323. Voltaire, Centenary, 340; birthplace, 341. Walker, Brig.-Gen., and Higginson, 227, 228. Ward, Julia, 26. See also Howe, Julia Ward. Ware, Thornton, 17, 18. Washington, Booker, school, 365; and northern colored people, 366. Washington, D. C., plan for safety of, 203-05. Wasson, David, and T. W. Higginson, 100, 101. Webb, R. D., Higginson visits, 322. Weiss, Rev. Mr., 267. Weld, Samuel, Higginson teaches in school of, 41-46. Wells, William, his school, 14, 15. Wentworth, Sir, John, 4. Wentworth, John, Governor of New Hampshire, 3. Western Reserve University, confers degree on Col. Higginson, 377; Higginson lectures at, 382. Whitman
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestral (search)
ied, and the cause of his country was supported, but it lost one of its most sincere and punctual advocates. The correspondence between Governor Ward and General Washington has been preserved. In one letter the latter says: I think, should occasion offer, I shall be able to give you a good account of your son, as he seems a se He was taken prisoner with many of his men while gallantly defending a difficult position, and spent a year in prison. On his release he rejoined the army of Washington and fought through the greater part of the Revolution, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was at Peekskill, Valley Forge, and Red Bank, and wrote th. Calling one day upon a compeer of her own age, she was scandalized to find her occupied with a silly story called Jimmy Jessamy. Mrs. Cutler had known General Washington, and was fond of telling how at a ball the Commander-in-Chief crossed the room to speak to her. Many of her letters have been preserved, and show a sprightl
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