Slavery and Abolition, 1831-1841

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CHAPTER XV
THE ABOLITIONIST AND THE SLAVE
(1830-1840)

HOW far was it possible for the abolitionist to reach the negro and to affect the slave? So far as their own direct influence went they practised their own doctrine of equal rights ostentatiously: their negro adherents travelled with them, sat upon the same platforms with them, ate with them, and one enthusiastic abolitionist white couple adopted a negro child. Garrison, in the Liberator, urged the negroes to send their children to school, to build up their own trade, to stand by and protect the fugitives, to get on the voting lists, and in every way to make themselves a part of the community.1

These relations profoundly stirred the south, partly because they went counter to the conventional belief that if both races were free, "one race must be driven out by the other, or exterminated, or again enslaved";2 partly because southerners sin

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1
Garrisons, Garrison, II., 255-258.
2
Hammond and Harper, in Pro-Slavery Argument, 88-90, 147-149.

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