“Colonization is out of the question, for I know not what hardships the laws of the land can impose, which will induce the colored citizen to leave his native soul. He was here in its infancy, he is here in its age. Two hundred years have passed over him, his tears and his blood have been mixed with the soil, and his attachment to the place of his birth is stronger than iron.”
Excerpt of Frederick Douglass’s address to student at Western Reserve College, July 1854.
“AN EXTRACT,” Anti-Slavery Bugle, 5 August, 1854. Front Page.