slave power were not always those that involved the sacrifice of life.
, in the State of Connecticut
, lived a Quaker lady of the name of Prudence Crandall
She conducted a school for young ladies.
Among those she admitted was a colored girl.
The fact becoming known, objection was raised by the citizens of the place.
The position in which Miss Crandall
was placed was a most trying one.
Having invested all her means in the school building and its equipment, she was confronted with the alternative of losing her business and her property, or dismissing the colored student who had done no wrong.
She chose to stand by her principles.
A public meeting was called, and a resolution to prevent the maintenance of the school, if colored students were admitted, was adopted by the citizens.
Nevertheless, that brave Quakeress opened her doors to several colored young women.
That brought the issue to a head, and then began a system of most remarkable persecutions.
The school building was bombarded with clubs and stones, the proprietress found the stores of the village closed against her, and the young lady students were grossly insulted when they appeared upon the streets.
Even the well from which drinking water was obtained was polluted.
Finding that there was no law in Connecticut
under which the instruction of colored people could be prohibited and punished, the enemies of Miss Crandall
went to the Legislature of the State and asked for such an enactment, and, to the eternal disgrace of that body, their request was complied