Slave Insurrections

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Slave Insurrections - BODDY OH BLACK ABOLITIONISTS. 1 la...
BODDY OH BLACK ABOLITIONISTS. 1 la Thnnkaft-lvlaa; Sermoa at Tray Telia of Slave Iuanrrectioaa la Mexico, New York, New Jeraejr, V ire I ml a aad North Carolina Leadera of Kerolta Ilurned Alive la Northern State. Troy, December 4. Rev. James M Boddy, pastor of the Liberty street Presbyterian church, occupied , the pulpit of the A. M. E. Zion church on Thanksgiving morning and preached an able discourse to an appreciative audience. He took for his text, "I Will Arise," and in part said : "The first Negroes to land on the soil of this continent landed in the year 1501, when slaves brought to Hispaniola. now the island of Hayti and San Domingo. The Negroes became so numerous on this continent proper that prior to 1530 the Negroes in Mexico attempted to revolt against the oppression of slavery and their Spanish masters; and it was their intention to set up a government of their own and rule themselves, So that these Negroes who started that insurrection were men who knew and attempted to fight for their rights. The first abolitionists in America, then, were Necrroes. It is a fact, not generally known, that the JNegroes 01 Virginia, in the vears 1710. 1722 and 1730, at tempted an insurrection to free themselves from slavery; and in 1831, under the leadershiD of "Nat" Turner, there anw another insurrection, a revolt against slavery, and the white people of Virginia and the soutn uvea in monai fear of their Negro slaves. "As early as from 1712 to 1741 there were various wegro uprisings, m York State, when slaves made repeated attempts at self-liberation, by order of the courts eleven colored men were roasted alive at the stake in New York city. From the year 1734 to 1741 occurred Negro uprisings against the oppression of the white man in New Jersey. So that, to quell the spirit of liberty in the breasts of the sable sons of Ham, white men brought to trial the "race leaders" in the revolts; and in 1730 at Perth Amboy, N. J., and 1734 in Summit, N. J., colored men, the "ringleaders" in these uprisings, were burned at the stake by order of the court. In 1822 there were plans being worked out, under the leadership of Denmark Veazie, a South Carolina Negro, who held meetings with a faithful few for four years. They were going to make an attempt at self-liberation, when their plans were given away by the treachery of one of our own race. More than thirty-live' colored men were arrested and convicted and hanged for having participated in this insurrection. "These incidents simply show us that the colored people have always been the first and prime movers for the abolition of slavery, and in their motives these Negro plots and - insurrections did not tli Iter from the splendid work of llen-jnmin Lundy, Garrison, Philips, Sumner, John Brown, and other noted abolitionists. They only differed in their methods." After showing the splendid achievements of the Negro in Egyptian 'and other ancient epochs, it was shown by .Mr. Boddy that the race degenerated because they eliminated the worship of the true God from their religious observances and worshipped the god Pliallis (intemperance and wanton immorality). "If," said the speaker, "strong religious energy has preserved the Jewish race from extinction, then the same will upbuild the character of the race; and the same means, which have made other races mighty, will, if grasped by the Negro, make the race the dominant element of this continent."

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 07 Dec 1905, Thu,
  3. Page 7

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