North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860 by Leon F. Litwack

By Leon F. Litwack

". . . no American might be proud of the therapy of Negro americans, North and South, within the years sooner than the Civil battle. In his transparent, lucid account of the Northern section of the tale Professor Litwack has played a impressive service."—John desire Franklin, magazine of Negro schooling "For a looking out exam of the North celebrity Legend we're indebted to Leon F. Litwack. . . ."—C. Vann Woodward, the yankee pupil

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See William R. ; New York, 1928-58), IX, 621-22. 44 THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE FREE NEGRO prior to Calhoun's letter-Jarvis thoroughly refuted the census findings. Contrasting the population returns with the insanity figures, he found that in many northern towns the census listed insane Negroes where no Negro population existed and that in others the figures exceeded the reported number of Negro residents. " In the name of the nation's honor, medical science, and truth, he demanded that appropriate steps be taken to correct the census.

7. , 1820), p. , 1831), p. , 1836), p. 8. 24 SLAVERY TO FREEDOM the removal of the free Negro population- from the southern landowner, who would "enhance the value of his property," to the patriot, who would "contribute to the immortal honour of his country . . " 36 That this appeal was highly attractive might be demonstrated by the number of leading public figures who gave it their support, including many who were acutely conscious of prevailing public sentiment. Adorning the Society's list of officers during the ante bellum period were such men as James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Stephen Douglas, William H.

Early Negro American Writers (Chapel Hill, 1935), p. 99. 18 SLAVERY TO FREEDOM of the paupers of the state than the whites. In view of the strong prejudices existing among white workers, this was no mean accomplishment. " The number of states represented and their geographical distribution varied from year to year; the consistent presence of the Pennsylvania and New York societies, however, gave them a dominant voice in the organization. The American Convention appeared to be a highly informal group and largely confined its activities to resolutions, legislative memorials, and moralistic messages to the free Negro population.

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