But One Race: The Life of Robert Purvis

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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Born in South Carolina to a wealthy white father and mixed race mother, Robert Purvis (1810–1898) was one of the nineteenth century’s leading black abolitionists and orators. In this first biography of Purvis, Margaret Hope Bacon uses his eloquent and often fierce speeches to provide a glimpse into the life of a passionate and distinguished man, intimately involved with a wide range of major reform movements, including abolition, civil rights, Underground Railroad activism, women’s rights, Irish Home Rule, Native American rights, and prison reform. Citing his role in developing the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee, an all black organization that helped escaped slaves secure passage to the North, the New York Times described Purvis at the time of his death as the president of the Underground Railroad. Voicing his opposition to a decision by the state of Pennsylvania to disenfranchise black voters in 1838, Purvis declared “there is but one race, the human race.” But One Race is the dramatic story of one of the most important figures of his time.
 

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Contents

1 Of Southern Birth
7
2 The City of Brotherly Love
17
3 Present at the Beginning
29
4 World Traveler
43
5 We are Not Intruders Here
59
6 To Aid the Fleeing Slave
75
7 A Time of Loss
89
8 Gentleman Farmer
101
11 A Proud Day for the Colored Man
145
12 Equality of Rights for All
161
13 The Freedmens Savings Bank
175
14 We are To the Manner Born
191
15 His Magnificent Record
207
Notes
213
Bibliography
255
Index
267

9 This Wicked Law
117
10 Are We Not Men?
131

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Page 2 - ... the trend of the times showed how the world was changing after the coming of the cotton-gin. By 1830 slavery seemed hopelessly fastened on the South, and the slaves thoroughly cowed into submission. The free Negroes of the North, inspired by the mulatto immigrants from the West Indies, began to change the basis of their demands; they recognized the slavery of slaves, but insisted that they themselves were freemen, and sought assimilation and amalgamation with the nation on the same terms with...

About the author (2012)

Margaret Hope Bacon is an independent scholar and the author of many books, including Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott and Abby Hopper Gibbons: Prison Reformer and Social Activist, also published by SUNY Press.

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