against slavery not a Catholic priest nor an Episcopal clergyman came 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.
(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 seemed to be almost universal.
Amid such opposition and although “all pandemonium was let loose,” Garrison
became only more confident and determined.
Four men, he tells us, are enough to revolutionize the world.
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