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B.F. Romaine [Rev. Benjamin Franklin Romaine (1820-1874)]; [George Gregg]
Ohio Colonization Society. Letter from the Secretary of the Ohio Colonization Society. [Liberia, Africa Colonization Schemes]
[Columbus, Ohio: np (1870)]. [2]pp. Small Broadsheet. Approx. 8¾ x 4¾ inches. Few small closed tears in margins; small loss at upper corner, not affecting text; else near fine. 1870 broadsheet issued by the Ohio Colonization Society defending the colonization of African-Americans in Liberia and writing passionately of those "...having been torn from their own land, the greater proportion of them to die in slave ships..." and further proclaiming the "'right'" of those blacks who wished to "...go to their fatherland, Africa, and to live and labor there for the firmer establishment of a negro nationality..." The text comprises a strongly-worded letter from Rev. B.F. Romaine, Corresponding and Financial Secretary of the Ohio Colonization Society, to George W. Gregg of Circleville, Ohio. The society was founded in 1827 to encourage black Ohioans to emigrate to Africa. Now in the post-Civil War, "emancipation" era, Romaine is defensive about the continuing use of the term "colonization." He writes: "The old term "Colonization" has been continued in our present working, although it may not be deemed as applicable as heretofore; and does not, properly speaking, embrace the whole scope of our operations. We aim, as much is any American can, for the elevation of the colored citizens of our country... We make not only "self-consent," but self-application, the ground of any aid extended by us to any colored citizen of this Republic, for the purpose of going to Africa... Can you, one of our distinguished philanthropists, say, that we have done all we should do for the descendants of A … [Click Below for Full Description]
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