Category: refugees

“I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self- emancipated young man at the North,…”

“I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self- emancipated young man at the North, – even in Massachusetts, on the soil of the Pilgrim Fathers, among the descendants of revolutionary sires; and I appealed to them, whether they would ever allow him to be carried back into slavery, – law or no law, constitution or no constitution. The response was unanimous and in thunder-tones – “NO!” “Will you succor and protect him as a brother-man – a resident of the old Bay State?” “YES!” shouted the whole mass, with an energy so startling, that the ruthless tyrants south of Mason and Dixon’s line might almost have heard the mighty burst of feeling, and recognized it as the pledge of an invincible determination, on the part of those who gave it, never to betray him that wanders, but to hide the outcast, and firmly to abide the consequences.”

William Lord Garrison