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Proceedings of the National Emigration Convention of Colored People Held at Cleveland, Ohio, On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The 24th, 25th, and 26th of August, 1854
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The plea doubtless xviii be, as it already frequently has been raised, that to remove from the United States, our slave brethren would be left without a hope. They already find their way in large companies to the Canadas, and they have only to be made sensible that there is as much freedom for them South, as there is North; as much protection in Mexico as in Canada; and -the fugitive slave will find it a much pleasanter journey and more easy of access, to xvend his way from Louisiana and Arkansas td Mexico, than thou- sands of miles through the slave-holders of the South and slave- catchers of the North, to Canada. Once into Mexico, and his far- ther exit to Central and South America and the West Indies, would be certain. There would be no obstructions whatever. No miser- able, half-starved, servile Northern slave-catchers by the way, ivait- ing cap in hand, ready and willing to do the bidding of their con- temptible southern masters. No prisons, nor Court Houses, as slave-pens and garrisons, to se- cure the fugitive and rendezvous the mercenary gangs, who are bought as military on such occasions. No perjured Marshals, bri- bed Commissioners, nor hireling counsel, who, spaniel-like, crouch at the feet of Southern slave-holders, and cringingly tremble at the crack of their whip. No, not as may be encountered throughout his northern flight, there are none of these to be foiitnd or met with in his travels from the Bravo del Norte to the dashin~, Oronoco... from the borders of Texas to the boundaries of Peru. Should anything occur to prevent a successful emigration to the SouthCentral, South America and the West Indieswe have no hesitancy, rather than remain in the United States, the merest sub- ordinates and ~erviles of the whites, should the Canadas still con- tinue separate in their political relations from this country, to re- commend to the great body of our people, to remove to Canada West, where being politically equal to the whites, physically united with each other by a concentration of strength; when worse comes to worse, we may be found, not as a scattered, weak and impotent people, as we now are separated from each other throughout the Union, but a united and powerful body of freemen, mighty in poli- tics, and terrible in any conflict which might ensue, in the event of an attempt at the disturbance of our political relations, domestic re- pose, and peaceful firesides. Now, fellow-countrymen, we have done. Into your ears have we recounted your oxvn sorrows; before your own eyes have we exhib
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