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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 47

2. James Freeman Clark, Present Condition of the Free Colored People of the United States (New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1859). (27 p.)

Sympathetic account of the status and plight of free men and women of color that begins as follows. “The Free Colored People of the United States occupy an unfortunate and exceptional position. They stand among us, yet not of us. We know less of them than we know of the people of France and Italy. Born in the midst of us, as their father and grandfathers were before them, we yet talk occasionally about sending them back to ‘their native land,’—meaning Africa. Allowing them freedom, we deny them equality.”