The scheme of Colonization pleased all
The scheme of Colonization pleased all. It gratified prejudice—soothed the conscience—left slavery uncondemned and unmolested—while it professed to promote the freedom and happiness of the free colored population, and at the same time advance the interests of Africa, by preventing the slave-trade along her coast, and diffusing the blessings of the gospel amongst her benighted tribes. On the contrary, the doctrines of immediate emancipation, without expatriation, and the admission of the colored man into the unabridged privileges of the constitution, were calculated to offend all—and raise the outcry of “ROBBERY!” “AMALGAMATION!” “THE UNION IS IN DANGER!” &c. &c. And it was so.
~ George Thompson (October 9, 1834)