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Colored Convention of the Texas Farmers Association


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Dr. A. Aray, over whom the colored convention nearly came to blows, prefaces the above with the following:

"Let it be remembered that Texas is not one of the old states; she was stolen from Mexico by southern pirates and their allies for the purpose of planting the ???? of slavery in her soil, but 'manifest destiny,' as expressed in the result of the war of the rebellion, has subverted their purpose and forever consecrated her to freedom. The 'fossil' slaveholders are leaving and seeking more congenial haunts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Texas is destined to be the theater of a great forward movement to the history of our race—the corner stone of what will be, to us, a new civilization. Let us, then, leave this country—wherein we are, in the battle of life, limited by prejudice and oppression to what we can achieve by the use of our finger-nails and our teeth—and "emigrate to a better land" where we can cultivate our own farms, sit under our own vine and fig-tree, and enjoy the fruits of our labor, and the free exercise of our political rights, and organize our own townships, schools, etc., and send representatives of our own to congress, instead of submitting to a representation of bulldozers."

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