Fifty years ago, it is no exaggeration to say, this nation, in church and state, from President to bootblack—I mean the white bootblack—was thoroughly pro-slavery. In the Sodom there might have been a Lot or two here and there—some profound thinker—who wished justice to be done though the heavens should fall, but he was despondent. It seemed as though nearly the whole business of the press, the pulpit, and
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2 At a meeting of the Massachusetts Colonization Society in Boston, the Rev. William Hague was present ‘when the great pamphlet of Mr. Garrison, fresh from the press, was brought in and placed upon the table. . . . The Hon. Alexander H. Everett was thoroughly incensed, and said that the author should be indicted for libel’ (Boston Watchman, June 7, 1883).
3 Elizur Wright, Jr., the first Corresponding Secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society (Lib. 3.1). The extract is taken from remarks made at a memorial service in honor of Mr. Garrison, held, just after his death, in the church of the Rev. Wm. C. Gannett, at St. Paul, Minn., June 1, 1879. They were afterwards published in the Chicago Unity.
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