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In Their Own Words

September 16, 1817

Editorial Called for Ending Slavery

In an editorial calling for the gradual reduction of Georgia’s slave population to be replaced by German workers, the Georgia Journal further argued against the presence of free blacks in Georgia:

“Slavery is a most intolerable curse, and we should not care how soon it was abolished, could it be done consistently, with our safety; but we are decidedly opposed to partial emancipation - it should be no longer tolerated among us, unless we are prepared to share the tragic fate of St. Domingo; cruel as such conduct may appear, self-preservation sternly admonishes us to send from the country, without delay, every free person of color - ‘peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.’”

Source: Mary Young, “Racism in Red and Black: Indians and Other Free People of Color in Georgia Law, Politics, and Removal Policy,” 73 Georgia Historical Quality (Fall 1989), p. 498.