are plenty of people to whom the crucial problems of their own lives never get presented in terms that they can understand.
Abolitionists were, of course, not satisfied with Channing
's pamphlet; for he could not sanction their views; and indeed he repeated many of the commonplace charges against them,--e. g., “that the Abolitionists exaggerated the importance of their cause; that they sent their literature to the slave; that their language was too violent,” --etc.
Most of these charges appear to-day to contradict the main thesis of the book, and to record merely the nervous petulance of that age.
The Slave Barons and their Boston
friends were cut to the heart by Channing
They denounced him as an even more dangerous enemy than Garrison
If, at times, we feel dissatisfied with Channing
's caution, we should remember that he was a middle-aged man when these problems arose.
was born in 1780; and Anti-slavery was an agony in the blood of young men, in 1829.
I have referred to John Quincy Adams
' detestation of slavery.
He was, however, never an Abolitionist, and he did not even favor the abolition of slavery in the District