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Fort Pillow (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
heard of the bones of sons and brothers, fallen in defence of freedom and law, dug up and wrought into ornaments for the wrists and bosoms of slave-holding women; we looked into the open hell of Andersonville, upon the deliberate, systematic starvation of helpless prisoners; we heard of Libby Prison underlaid with gunpowder, for the purpose of destroying thousands of Union prisoners in case of the occupation of Richmond by our army; we saw hundreds of prisoners massacred in cold blood at Fort Pillow, and the midnight sack of Lawrence and the murder of its principal citizens. The flames of our merchant vessels, seized by pirates, lighted every sea; we heard of officers of the rebel army and navy stealing into our cities, firing hotels filled with sleeping occupants, and laying obstructions on the track of rail cars, for the purpose of killing and mangling their passengers. Yet in spite of these revelations of the utterly barbarous character of slavery and its direful effect upon all
Ephraim (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
re within Two Giants toil, that even from their birth With travail-pangs have torn their mother Earth, And wearied out her children with their keen Upbraidings of the other, till between Thou camest, saying, Wherefore do ye wrong Each other—ye are Brethren. Then these twain Will own their kindred, and in Thee retain Their claims in peace, because Thy land is wide As it is goodly here they pasture free, This lion and this leopard, side by side, A little child doth lead them with a song; Now, Ephraim's envy ceaseth, and no more Doth Judah anger Ephraim chiding sore, For one did ask a Brother, one a King, So dost Thou gather them in one, and bring— Thou, King forevermore, forever Priest, Thou, Brother of our own from bonds released- A Law of Liberty, A Service making free, A Commonweal where each has all in Thee. And not alone these wide, Deep-planted yearnings, seeking with a cry Their meat from God, in Thee are satisfied; But all our instincts waking suddenly Within the soul, like in
Quaker (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ination of ye divil in ye girl, who was choked in attempting to read the Catechism, yet found no trouble with a pestilent Quaker pamphlet; The Quakers appear to have, at a comparatively early period, emancipated themselves in a great degree from t to them. The bent and stress of their testimony are the same, whether written in this or a past century, by Catholic or Quaker: self-renunciation,—reconcilement to the Divine will through simple faith in the Divine goodness, and the love of it whic overcoat, was seen passing up the aisle. Stopping midway, he exclaimed, You slaveholders! Why don't you throw off your Quaker coats as I do mine, and show yourselves as you are Casting off as he spoke his outer garment, he disclosed to the astonisson and stimulated his early efforts for the abolition of the slave-trade; and in after life the volume of the New Jersey Quaker was the cherished companion of himself and his amiable helpmate. It was in a degree, at least, the influence of Stephen
Jamaica, L. I. (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ir power to pay just and reasonable wages for labor, who can blame the blacks if they prefer to cultivate their own garden plots rather than raise sugar and spice for their late masters upon terms little better than those of their old condition, the beneficent whip always excepted? The despatches of the colonial governors agree in admitting that the blacks have had great cause for complaint and dissatisfaction, owing to the delay or non-payment of their wages. Sir C. E. Gray, writing from Jamaica, says, that in a good many instances the payment of the wages they have earned has been either very irregularly made, or not at all, probably on account of the inability of the employers. He says, moreover:— The negroes appear to me to be generally as free from rebellious tendencies or turbulent feelings and malicious thoughts as any race of laborers I ever saw or heard of. My impression is, indeed, that under a system of perfectly fair dealing and of real justice they will come to be
Oriental (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
iance. Even now the lesson of these terrible events seems but half learned. In the public utterances I hear much of punishing and hanging leading traitors, fierce demands for vengeance, and threats of the summary chastisement of domestic sympathizers with treason, but comparatively little is said of the accursed cause, the prolific mother of abominations, slavery. The government is exhorted to remember that it does not bear the sword in vain, the Old Testament is ransacked for texts of Oriental hatred and examples of the revenges of a semi-barbarous nation; but, as respects the four millions of unmistakably loyal people of the South, the patient, the long-suffering, kind-hearted victims of oppressions, only here and there a voice pleads for their endowment with the same rights of citizenship which are to be accorded to the rank and file of disbanded rebels. The golden rule of the Sermon on the Mount is not applied to them. Much is said of executing justice upon rebels; little of
Danvers (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
raft terror of 1692—originated with the Indian Tituba, a slave in the family of the minister of Danvers. In the year 1690 the inhabitants of Newbury were greatly excited by the arrest of a Jerseymf the American Anti-Slavery Society at Philadelphia, on the 3d December, 1883. oak Knoll, Danvers, Mass., 11th mo., 30, 1883. I need not say how gladly I would be with you at the semi-centennialI have been heretofore, under more difficult circumstances, your faithful friend. oak Knoll, Danvers, MAss., first mo., 9, 1888. Reform and politics Utopian schemes and political Theorists. our future relations to the native owners of the soil to deal justly and love mercy. oak Knoll, Danvers, 5th mo., 25, 1877. Reading for the Blind. [1880.] To Mary C. Moore, teacher in the Perki Suffrage for women. Read at the woman's Convention at Washington. oak Knoll, Danvers, Mass., Third Mo., 8, 1888. I thank thee for thy kind letter. It would be a great satisfaction
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
n attempt was made in the General Court of Massachusetts to prevent the increase of slaves. Judge rmy and navy to convert the good people of Massachusetts into expert slave-catchers, under the discand his party wrong. The Republicans of Massachusetts will make no fractious or importunate dematives and retainers, it is to the honor of Massachusetts that her representatives in the Senate havJohn A. Andrew, dear to the heart of every Massachusetts soldier, and whose tender care and sympathrry to think there existed a single son of Massachusetts weak enough to believe that his reputationindicate the illustrious statesman to whom Massachusetts, the country, and humanity owe so much, bubmitted to the legislature of the State of Massachusetts. They indicate, in our view, the real gloto jails and other places of punishment in Massachusetts, where they incurred the fearful liability A century and a half ago the populace of Massachusetts were convulsed with grim merriment at the [15 more...]
Kansas (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
and gifts and smiles of beauty as a chivalrous gentleman. We saw slavery enter Kansas, with bowieknife in hand and curses on its lips; we saw the life of the Union sever shaken by abuse and persecution, in the certain triumph of our cause. Kansas. Read at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansasstate of Kansas. bear camp House, West Ossipee, N. H., Eighth month, 29th, 1879. To J. S. Emery, R. Morrow, and C. W. Smith, committee: I have received your invitation to the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the first settlement of Kansas. It would give me great pleasure to visit your state on an occasion of such peculiar interestn vain. All through your long, hard struggle I watched the course of events in Kansas with absorbing interest. I rejoiced, while I marvelled at the steady courage wk shelter within its borders. I will not for a moment distrust the fidelity of Kansas to her foundation principle. God bless and prosper her! Thanking you for the
Chappaqua (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
umentality of his press has been for thirty years the educator of the people in the principles of justice, temperance, and freedom. Both of these men have, in different ways, deserved too well of the country to be unnecessarily subjected to the brutalities of a presidential canvass; and, so far as they are personally concerned, it would doubtless have been better if the one had declined a second term of uncongenial duties, and the other continued to indite words of wisdom in the shades of Chappaqua. But they have chosen otherwise; and I am willing, for one, to leave my colored fellow-citizens to the unbiased exercise of their own judgment and instincts in deciding between them. The Democratic party labors under the disadvantage of antecedents not calculated to promote a rapid growth of confidence; and it is no matter of surprise that the vote of the emancipated class is likely to be largely against it. But if, as will doubtless be the case, that vote shall be to some extent divide
Israel (Israel) (search for this): chapter 3
by the Colony. It was drawn up by Nathaniel Ward, the learned and ingenious author of the Simple Cobbler of Agawam, the earliest poetical satire of New England. One of its provisions was as follows:— There shall be never any bond slaverie, villainage, or captivitie amongst us, unless it be lawfull captives taken in just warres and such strangers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us. And these shall have all the liberties and Christian usages which the law of God established in Israel doth morally require. In 1646, Captain Smith, a Boston churchmem-ber, in connection with one Keeser, brought home two negroes whom he obtained by the surprise and burning of a negro village in Africa and the massacre of many of its inhabitants. Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the assistants, presented a petition to the General Court, stating the outrage thereby committed as threefold in its nature, namely murder, man-stealing, and Sabbath-breaking; inasmuch as the offence of chasing the
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