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Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
, friendless and unseen, Toiled o'er his types one poor unlearned young man. The place was dark, unfurnitured and mean, Yet there the freedom of a race began. The effects produced by Garrison's unique production were simply wonderful. In October of its first year the Vigilance Association of South Carolina offered a reward of fifteen hundred dollars for the apprehension and prosecution to conviction of any white person who might be detected in distributing or circulating the Liberator. Georgia went farther than that. Less than a year after Garrison had established his paper, the Legislature of that State passed an act offering a reward of five thousand dollars to whomsoever should arrest, bring to trial, and prosecute its publisher to conviction. The Liberator was excluded from the United States mails in all the slave States, illegal as such a proceeding was. There was, however, opposition nearer home. The Liberator establishment was wrecked by a mob, and Garrison, after h
Wheeling, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
the medium height, and unassuming in manner. He had, it is said, neither eloquence nor shining ability of any sort. At nineteen years of age he went to Wheeling, Virginia, to learn the trade of a saddler. He learned more than that. Wheeling, as he tells us, was then a great thoroughfare for the traffickers in human flesh. Wheeling, as he tells us, was then a great thoroughfare for the traffickers in human flesh. Their coffles passed through the place frequently. My heart, he continues, was grieved at the great abomination. I heard the wail of the captive, I felt his pang of distress, and the iron entered into my soul. But much as Lundy loathed the business of the slave-dealers and slave-drivers, he then had no idea of attempting its e prosecution of his trade, and had he been like other people generally he would have been content. But he could not shut the pictures of those street scenes in Wheeling out of his mind and out of his heart. The first thing in the reformatory line he did was to organize a local Anti-Slavery society in the village in which he w
Baltimore, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
room and, with revolvers in hand, tried to frighten him into a promise to discontinue his work. He did not frighten to any extent. Seeking what seemed to be the most inviting field for his operations, he decided to move his establishment to Baltimore, going most of the way on foot and lecturing as he went whenever he could find an audience. His residence in Baltimore came near proving fatal. A slave-trader, whom he had offended, attacked and brutally beat him on the street. The consolaBaltimore came near proving fatal. A slave-trader, whom he had offended, attacked and brutally beat him on the street. The consolation he got from the court that tried the ruffian, who was honorably discharged, was that he (Lundy) had got nothing more than he deserved. Soon afterwards his printing material and other property was burned by a mob. He went to Mexico to select a location for a projected colony of colored people. He traveled almost altogether afoot, observing the strictest economy and supporting himself by occasional jobs of saddlery and harness mending. In his journal he tells us that he often slept in
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
stitution, and without a solitary assistant. Strange to say, he was neither a giant nor a millionaire. According to Horace Greeley, Benjamin Lundy deserves the high honor of ranking as the pioneer of direct and distinctive Anti-Slaveryism in America. He was slight in frame and below the medium height, and unassuming in manner. He had, it is said, neither eloquence nor shining ability of any sort. At nineteen years of age he went to Wheeling, Virginia, to learn the trade of a saddler.son had established his paper, the Legislature of that State passed an act offering a reward of five thousand dollars to whomsoever should arrest, bring to trial, and prosecute its publisher to conviction. The Liberator was excluded from the United States mails in all the slave States, illegal as such a proceeding was. There was, however, opposition nearer home. The Liberator establishment was wrecked by a mob, and Garrison, after having been stripped of nearly all his clothing, was dragge
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ccupied one room for work-shop, dining-room, and bedroom. They cooked their own meals and slept upon the floor. It was almost literally true, as pictured by Lowell, the poet: In a small chamber, friendless and unseen, Toiled o'er his types one poor unlearned young man. The place was dark, unfurnitured and mean, Yet there the freedom of a race began. The effects produced by Garrison's unique production were simply wonderful. In October of its first year the Vigilance Association of South Carolina offered a reward of fifteen hundred dollars for the apprehension and prosecution to conviction of any white person who might be detected in distributing or circulating the Liberator. Georgia went farther than that. Less than a year after Garrison had established his paper, the Legislature of that State passed an act offering a reward of five thousand dollars to whomsoever should arrest, bring to trial, and prosecute its publisher to conviction. The Liberator was excluded from the Unit
Alabama (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
l and social prominence. He was a gentleman of education and culture, having graduated from a leading college and being a lawyer of recognized ability. He was a slave-owner. For a time he conducted a plantation with slave labor. He lived in Alabama, where he filled several important official positions, and was talked of for the governorship of the State. But having been led to think about the moral, and other aspects of slaveholding, he decided that it was wrong and he would wash his hands of it. He could not in Alabama legally manumit his slaves. Moreover, his neighbors had risen up against him and threatened his forcible expulsion. He removed to Kentucky, where he thought a more liberal sentiment prevailed. There he freed his slaves and made liberal provision for their comfortable sustenance. But the slave power was on his track. He was warned to betake himself out of the State. The infliction of personal violence was meditated, and a party of his opposers came together
Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 7
hment to Baltimore, going most of the way on foot and lecturing as he went whenever he could find an audience. His residence in Baltimore came near proving fatal. A slave-trader, whom he had offended, attacked and brutally beat him on the street. The consolation he got from the court that tried the ruffian, who was honorably discharged, was that he (Lundy) had got nothing more than he deserved. Soon afterwards his printing material and other property was burned by a mob. He went to Mexico to select a location for a projected colony of colored people. He traveled almost altogether afoot, observing the strictest economy and supporting himself by occasional jobs of saddlery and harness mending. In his journal he tells us that he often slept in the open air, the country traversed being mostly new and unsettled. He was in constant danger from panthers, alligators, and rattlesnakes, while he was cruelly beset by gnats and mosquitoes. His clothes in the morning, he tells us, wou
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
arly at any one point. In some instances he carried the head-rules, column-rules, and subscription-book of his journal with him, and when he came to a town where he found a printing-press he would stop long enough to print and mail a number of his periodical. He traveled for the most part on foot, carrying a heavy pack. In ten years in that way he covered twenty-five thousand miles, five thousand on foot. He decided to invade the enemy's country by going where slavery was. He went to Tennessee, making the journey of eight hundred miles, one half by water, and one half on foot. That was, of course, before the day of railroads. He continued to issue his paper, although often threatened with personal violence. Once two bullies locked him in a room and, with revolvers in hand, tried to frighten him into a promise to discontinue his work. He did not frighten to any extent. Seeking what seemed to be the most inviting field for his operations, he decided to move his establishm
Don Quixote (search for this): chapter 7
that the inquiry was irrelevant; but the learned justice-of-the-peace who presided held that, as it related to the witness's sanity, and that would affect his credibility, the question was admissible. It is not, perhaps, so very strange that in those days, in view of the disreputableness of those whose cause they espoused, and the apparently utter hopelessness of anything ever coming out of it, the supporters of Anti-Slaveryism should be suspected of being out of their heads. Although Don Quixote, who, according to the veracious Cervantes, set out with his unaided strong right arm to upset things, including wind-mills and obnoxious dynasties, has long been looked upon as the world's best specimen of a fanatic, he would ordinarily be set down as a very Solomon beside the man who would undertake single-handed to overthrow such an institution as American slavery used to be. Such a man there was, however. He really entered on the job of abolishing that institution, and without a sol
Benjamin Lundy (search for this): chapter 7
llionaire. According to Horace Greeley, Benjamin Lundy deserves the high honor of ranking as the the iron entered into my soul. But much as Lundy loathed the business of the slave-dealers and five persons were present. About this time Lundy made some important discoveries. He learned t distance on his back. But insignificant as Lundy's paper was, it had the high distinction of bein speaking of his journalistic undertaking, Mr. Lundy said: I began this work without a dollar of an, who was honorably discharged, was that he (Lundy) had got nothing more than he deserved. Soon had fallen into the river. Intellectually, Lundy was not a great man, but his heart was beyond orators to be models of perfect eloquence. Lundy and Garrison met by accident. They were board same house in Boston, and became acquainted. Lundy's mind was full of the subject of slavery, and's breadth in their course. It is true that Lundy and Garrison had very little to lose. They ha[2 more...]
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