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The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States   By: (1812-1885)

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Published 1852.


The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States

Preface. 35

Chapter I. Condition of Many Classes in Europe Considered 41

Chapter II. Comparative Condition of the Colored People of the United States 44

Chapter III. American Colonization 58

Chapter IV. Our Elevation in the United States 63

Chapter V. Means of Elevation 67

Chapter VI. The United States Our Country 74

Chapter VII. Claims of Colored Men as Citizens of the United States 75

Chapter VIII. Colored American Warriors 91

Chapter IX. Capacity of Colored Men and Women as Citizen Members of Community 106

Chapter X. Practical Utility of Colored People of the Present Day as Members of Society Business Men and Mechanics 113

Chapter XI. Literary and Professional Colored Men and Women 128

Chapter XII. Students of Various Professions 148

Chapter XIII. A Scan at Past Things 151

Chapter XIV. Late Men of Literary, Professional and Artistic Note 155

Chapter XV. Farmers and Herdsmen 158

Chapter XVI. National Disfranchisement of Colored People 161

Chapter XVII. Emigration of the Colored People of the United States 175

Chapter XVIII. "Republic of Liberia" 177

Chapter XIX. The Canadas 189

Chapter XX. Central and South America and the West Indies 193

Chapter XXI. Nicaragua and New Grenada 202

Chapter XXII. Things as They Are 204

Chapter XXIII. A Glance at Ourselves Conclusion 211

Appendix. A Project for an Expedition of Adventure, to the Eastern Coast of Africa 221

Sincerely dedicated to the American People, North and South.

By Their Most Devout, and Patriotic Fellow Citizen, the Author


The author of this little volume has no other apology for offering it to the public, than the hurried manner in which it has been composed. Being detained in the city of New York on business, he seized the opportunity of a tedious delay, and wrote the work in the inside of one month, attending to other business through the day, and lecturing on physiology sometimes in the evening. The reader will therefore not entertain an idea of elegance of language and terseness of style, such as should rule the sentences of every composition, by whomsoever written.

His sole object has been, to place before the public in general, and the colored people of the United States in particular, great truths concerning this class of citizens, which appears to have been heretofore avoided, as well by friends as enemies to their elevation. By opponents, to conceal information, that they are well aware would stimulate and impel them on to bold and adventurous deeds of manly daring; and by friends, who seem to have acted on the principle of the zealous orthodox, who would prefer losing the object of his pursuit to changing his policy.

There are also a great many colored people in the United States, who have independence of spirit, who desire to, and do, think for themselves; but for the want of general information, and in consequence of a prevailing opinion that has obtained, that no thoughts nor opinions must be expressed, even though it would eventuate in their elevation, except it emanate from some old, orthodox, stereotyped doctrine concerning them; therefore, such a work as this, which is but a mere introduction to what will henceforth emanate from the pen of colored men and women, appeared to be in most anxious demand, in order to settle their minds entirely, and concentrate them upon an effective and specific course of procedure... Continue reading book >>

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