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Papers of the American Negro Academy. (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 18-19.)   By:

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Papers of the American Negro Academy

The Sex Question and Race Segregation


Message of San Domingo to the African Race


Status of the Free Negro Prior to 1860


Economic Contribution by the Negro to America


The Status of the Free Negro from 1860 to 1870


American Negro Bibliography of the Year


The above Papers were all read at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting

of the American Negro Academy, held in the Y.M.C.A.

Building, 12th Street Branch, Washington, D.C.

December 28th and 29th, 1915.


Table of Contents

Archibald H. Grimké. The Sex Question and Race Segregation Theophilus G. Steward. The Message of San Domingo to the African Race Lafayette M. Hershaw. The Status of the Free Negro Prior to 1860 Arthur A. Schomburg. The Economic Contribution by the Negro to America William Pickens. The Constitutional Status of the Negro from 1860 1870 John W. Cromwell. The American Negro Bibliography of the Year

Archibald H. Grimké. The Sex Question and Race Segregation

One wrong produces other wrongs as surely and as naturally as the seed of the thorn produces other thorns. Men do not in the moral world gather figs from a thorn bush any more than they do in the vegetable world. What they sow in either world, that they reap. Such is the law. The earth is bound under all circumstances and conditions of time and place to reproduce life, action, conduct, character, each after its own kind. Men cannot make what is bad bring forth what is good. Truth does not come out of error, light out of darkness, love out of hate, justice out of injustice, liberty out of slavery. No, error produces more error, darkness more darkness, hate more hate, injustice more injustice, slavery more slavery. That which we do is that which we are, and that which we shall be.

The great law of reproduction which applies without shadow of change to individual life, applies equally to the life of that aggregation of individuals called a race or nation. Not any more than an individual can they do wrong with impunity, can they commit a bad deed without reaping in return the result in kind. There is nothing more certain than the wrong done by a people shall reappear to plague them, if not in one generation, then in another. For the consummation of a bad thought in a bad act puts what is bad in the act beyond the control of the actor. The evil thus escapes out of the Pandora box of the heart, of the mind, to reproduce and to multiply itself a hundredfold and in a hundred ways in the complex relationships of men within human society. And then it returns not as it issued singly, but with its related brood of ill consequences:

"But in these cases, We still have judgment here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which being taught return To plague the inventor: this even handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice To our own lips."

The ship which landed at Jamestown in 1619 with a cargo of African slaves for Virginia plantations, imported at the same time into America with its slave cargo certain seed principles of wrong. As the slaves reproduced after their kind, so did these seed principles of wrong reproduce likewise after their kind. Wherever slavery rooted itself, they rooted themselves also. The one followed the other with the regularity of a law of nature, the invariability of the law of cause and effect. As slavery grew and multiplied and spread itself over the land, the evils begotten of slavery grew, and multiplied, and spread themselves over the life of the people, black and white alike. The winds which blew North carried the seeds, and the winds which blew South, and wherever they went, wherever they fell, whether East or West, they sprang up to bear fruit in the characters of men, in the conduct of a growing people... Continue reading book >>

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