false pretense, and, besides, they could not understand why they should be taken from the land of their nativity, and sent to the country from which their progenitors had come, any more than the descendants of Scotch, English, and German immigrants should be deported to the lands of their ancestors.
Equally strange was it that the Colonization Society, if really friendly to the negro, should find its most zealous supporters among slaveholders.
Its first president, who was a nephew of George Washington
, upon learning that his slaves had got the idea that they were to be set at liberty, sent over fifty of them to be sold from the auction block at New Orleans.
That was intended as a warning to the rest.
One of its presidents was said to be the owner of a thousand slaves and had never manumitted one of them.
The principal service that the colonization movement was expected to do for the slave-owners was to relieve them of the presence of free negroes.
These were always regarded as a menace by slave-masters.
They disseminated ideas of freedom and manhood among their unfortunate brethren.
They were object-lessons to those in bondage.
The slave-owners were only too glad to have them sent away.
They looked to Liberia
as a safety-valve.
It did not take long for intelligent people who were really well-wishers of the black man to perceive these facts.
The severest blow that the Colonization Society received in America
was from the pen of William Lloyd Garrison
, who, under the title of Thoughts on African Colonization
, published a pamphlet that had