Excerpt on courage of black folks in slavery
In conclusion, Mr. Phillips said: Some doubt the courage of the negro. Go to 50,000 graves of the best f oldiers France ever had, aud ask them what they think of the negro's sword, And if that does not satisfy you, go to France to the splendid mausoleum of the Courts of Hocbambcau, and to the 8,000 graves of the Frenchman who skulked home under the English flag, and ask theru. And if that does not satisfy you come home, and if it had been Dec, 1S59. you might have come by way of quaking" V irginla, and ask her what she thought of negro courage. And you may remember this, that we Saxons were slaves 400 years, Bold with the land, and our fathers never raised a linger to end that slavery. They waited till Christianity and civilization, till commerce' and the discovery discovery of America melted away their chains. Spartacus in Italy led the 6laves of Borne against the Empress of the world. She crucified him and crushed them. There never was a slave rebellion successful but once, and that was in St. Domingo. There never was a race that unaided tore off its own fetters and forged them into swords and won their own liberty on the battle - field but one, and that was the black race of St. Domingo. So much for the courage of the negro. Now look at his endurance. endurance. In 1S03, he said to the white men : This island is oure; not a white foot shall touch it. Side by side with him stood the South American Republics, planted by Ihe best blood of the country of Lope da Vega and Cervantes. They topple over so often that you could no more daguerreotype their crumb ling fragments than the waves of the ocean. Aud yet, at their side, the negro has kept his Island sacredly to himself Burn over New York to - night, fill up her canals, sink every ship, destroy her railroads, blot out every remnant of education from her sons, lot her he pennlleBs, with nothing but her hands to begin tho world over again. How much could she do In sixty years? And Europe, too, would lend her money, but she will not lend Ilayti a dollar. Ilayti, from the ruins of her colonial dependence, is become a civilized state, the seventh seventh nation in the catalogue of commcrco with this country, inferior in morals and education to none of the West India isles. Toussaint made her what she is. Courage, purpose, endurance they are the tests. He did plant a Stale so deep thai all France lias not been able to root it up.