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Thomas Jefferson - A Character Sketch|
by Ellis, Edward S. (A.M.)
|Mr. Jefferson believed in the colonization of negroes to Africa, and the
substitution of free white labor in their place.
He wrote to John Lynch, of Virginia, in 1811, as follows: "Having long ago
made up my mind on this subject (colonization), I have no hesitation in
saying that I have ever thought it the most desirable measure which could be
adopted, for gradually drawing off this part of our population most
advantageously for themselves as as [sic] well as for us.
"Going from a country possessing all the useful arts, they might be the
means of transplanting them among the inhabitants of Africa, and would thus
carry back to the country of their origin, the seeds of civilization, which
might render their sojournment and sufferings here a blessing in the end to
Many other eminent men have shared the same opinion, and not a few prominent
leaders among the Afro-American people.
But it is now an impossibility. The American negro is in America to stay.
The ever pressing problem of his relationship to the white man involves
questions of education, labor, politics and religion, which will take
infinite patience, insight, forbearance and wisdom to settle justly.