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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) The Exodus [oppression of blacks in the South and their leaving for the North]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07563 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 1879/05/19 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Apparently a sentiment or quotation written on blue lined paper, removed from a notebook or autograph album. This may be unrhymed verse. "If they were generally and systematically whipt starved and shot to death and if there were no rational ground of hope for speedy relief, it would be the duty as well as the instinct of these people to rise up, not in squads of tens or companies of hundreds, and move off to the north..." Signed "Very truly yours" at the end.

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Reconstruction, African American History, African American Author, Jim Crow, Immigration and Migration

Sub Era: The Gilded Age The Great Migration and Jim Crow