The Canadians and their Free Negro Population

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    “The Canadians and their Free Negro Population,” American Democrat, Carlisle, PA, 17 September 1857, p. 2.
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    Meghan Rafferty
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    Public opinion in England and her colonial possessions has undergone such a radical change within a few months in regard to the slavery question, and the negro race in general, that the probabilities are that the “underground railroad” will soon get into disfavor with our Canadian neighbors. The Indian State Sentinel of a late date says:
    “The Canadian government are determined to get rid of their free negro population. A proposition was made some time since to isolate them in the northern portion of Canada, but the project failed. Now petitions are being forwarded to the home government to send the entire negro population to Canada to some of the English tropical islands. From this it will appear that the Canadians, are rapidly getting over their sickly sympathy for the negro, and are determined not only to drive them out of this northern refuge, but debar them from seeking that asylum in future. Where will the poor negro go? It would not be at all surprising if thousands of runaway negroes should wend their way back to their masters to escape transportation.”

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