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A Text Book of the Origin and History of the Colored People

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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are to be corrected, and truth must be unveiled and permitted to walk forth with her olive branch.

I have met with not a few colored per-sons who held historical views as prejudicial to the truth in our case as the whites do.

In 1838 while making arrangements to lecture on this subject, I met with a very respectable colored brother, who expressed great doubts as to the propriety of opening the case at all.

"What, then," said I, "shall we shun the light?" Said he, "I am afraid the light will show us to disadvantage !" "No, no," said I, " my dear sir, light is life, and truth ; therefore let us read, search, and hear, that we may have it just as it emanates from God, on this as on all other subjects."

But, I recur to the question : Who and whence are the colored people? I. Negatively, I answer. 1st. We are not the seed of Cain as the stupid say. It is indeed a stupid saying, and I confess it



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