The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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“Now, in reference to being bought by rebels and becoming a Johnsonite I hold that between the white people and the colored there is a community of interests, and the sooner they find it out, the better it will be for both parties; but that community of interests does not consist in increasing the privileges of one class and curtailing the rights of the other, but in getting every citizen interested in the welfare, progress and durability of the state.  I do not in lecturing confine myself to the political side of the question.  While I am in favor of Universal suffrage, yet I know that the colored man needs something more than a vote in his hand:  he needs to know the value of a home life; to rightly appreciate and value the marriage relation; to know how and to be incited to leave behind him the old shards and shells of slavery and to rise in the scale of character, wealth and influence.  Like the Nautilus outgrowing his home to build for himself more ‘stately temples’ of social condition.  A man landless, ignorant and poor may use the vote against his interests; but with intelligence and land he holds in his hand the basis of power and elements of strength.”

While contemplating the great demand for laborers, in a letter from Athens, February 1st, 1870, after referring to some who had been “discouraged from the field,” she wisely added that it was “no time to be discouraged.”

* * * “If those who can benefit our people will hang around places where they are not needed, they may expect to be discouraged. * * * Here is ignorance to be instructed; a race who needs to be helped up to higher planes of thought and action; and whether we are hindered or helped, we should try to be true to the commission God has written upon our souls.  As far as the colored people are concerned, they are beginning to get homes for themselves and depositing money in Bank.  They have hundreds of homes in Kentucky.  There is progress in Tennessee, and even in this State while a number have been leaving, some who stay seem to be getting along prosperously.  In Augusta colored persons are in the Revenue Office and Post Office.  I have just been having some good meetings there.  Some of my meetings pay me poorly; but I have a chance to instruct and visit among the people and talk to their Sunday-schools and day-schools also.  Of course I do not pretend that all are saving money or getting homes.  I rather think from what I hear that the interest of the grown-up people in getting education has somewhat subsided, owing, perhaps, in a measure, to the novelty having worn off and the absorption or rather direction of the mind to other matters.  Still I don’t think that I have visited scarcely a place since last August where there was no desire for a teacher; and Mr. Fidler, who is a Captain or Colonel, thought some time since that there were more colored than white who were learning or had learned to read.  There has been quite an amount of violence and
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