Reality wrecked abolionist’s impossible dream

 By Bartee Haile

With the publication of this column, “This Week in Texas History” is officially 35 years old making it the longest running feature of its kind ever. And for that I am indebted to the many newspapers that have carried it all these years and to you, my loyal readers.

As the sun slowly set in the piney woods on Jul. 5, 1832, a stranger on a mysterious mission crossed the Sabine River into the Mexican province of Texas.

In recent years, Benjamin Lundy had faced the fact that agitation alone would never liberate the slaves. The Quaker editor understood that most white Americans, who in principle supported the abolition cause, cringed at the thought of blacks, freed from southern bondage, living next door.


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