Evidences of Progress Among Colored People

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G.S. Ferguson Company, 1905 - African Americans - 579 pages
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An encyclopedic collection of information on African American educational institutions and the people involved with those institutions managed by whites as well as by African Americans, also the important role various religious denominations have played in expanding educational opportunities for African Americans. In addition, sketches of successful African American individuals and institutions in the realms of business, law, journalism, health, and other professions. The author wanted to counteract the mistaken belief that African Americans have not made progress since emancipation and hoped to "stimulate a greater interest in these institutions and thereby help to bring the race up to a higher educational and social level."

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Page 189 - Grace shall not be able to say Nay to the infamous alliance. There is not an atom of Tom's slime, not a cubic inch of any pestilential gas in which he lives, not one obscenity or degradation about him, not an ignorance, not a wickedness, not a brutality of his committing, but shall work its retribution, through every order of society, up to the proudest of the proud, and to the highest of the high.
Page 102 - The new services were conducted under the auspices of a delegation from the Freedmen's Aid and Southern Education Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which has contributed $25,000 to complete the college building.
Page 120 - Payne ; and the broad principle adopted that there shall never be any distinction among the trustees, faculty or students, on account of race, color or creed. The University began its work in October, 1856, under Rev. MP Gaddis, as principal. He was succeeded by Professor James K. Parker, and he by Dr. Richard S. Rust, the first president. During the first epoch, which terminated with the Civil War, the number of...
Page 439 - The thing to be done was clear," he said: "to train selected Negro youths who should go out and teach and lead their people, first by example, by getting land and homes ; to give them not a dollar that they could earn for themselves; to teach respect for labor, to replace stupid drudgery with skilled hands, and in this way to build up an industrial system for the sake, not only of self-support and intelligent labor, but also for the sake of character.
Page 439 - Till then my own future had been blind ; it had only been clear that there was a work to do for the ex-slaves, and where and how it should be done.
Page 438 - News, soon to have the largest and finest ship yard in the world, is beginning the grand fulfilment — and, withal, a place most healthful and beautiful for situation. I soon felt the fitness of this historic and strategic spot for a permanent and great educational work. The suggestion was cordially received by the American Missionary Association, which authorized the purchase, in June, 1867, of "Little Scotland," an estate of 125 acres (since increased to 190), on Hampton River, looking out over...
Page 236 - I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Page 439 - Illinois," enroute for Texas, with the 25th Army (Negro) Corps for frontier duty on the Rio Grande river, whither it had been ordered, under General Sheridan, to watch and if necessary defeat Maximilian in his attempted conquest of Mexico. The thing to be done was clear : to train selected Negro youth who should go out and teach and lead their people, first by example, by getting land and homes ; to give them not a dollar that they could earn for themselves ; to teach respect for labor, to replace...
Page 370 - Philadelphia, convened together, in order to take into consideration the evils under which they labored, arising from the unkind treatment of their white brethren, who considered them a nuisance in the house of worship, and even pulled them off their knees, while in the act of prayer, and ordered them to the back seats.
Page 437 - Their tidiness, devotion to their duty and their leaders, their dash and daring in battle, and ambition to improve, — often studying their spelling books under fire, — showed that slavery was a false though doubtless, for the time being, an educative condition, and that they deserved as good a chance as any people. In March, 1866, I was placed by General OO Howard, Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau, in charge of ten counties in Eastern Virginia, with headquarters at Hampton, the great "contraband"...

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