By Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner, Margaret Hope Bacon
Benjamin Coates used to be one of many best-known white supporters of African colonization in nineteenth-century the United States. A Quaker businessman from Philadelphia and a someday officer of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, he was once dedicated to aiding black american citizens relocate to West Africa. This positioned him on the heart of a discourse with abolitionists at domestic and overseas, together with such top thinkers as Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Henry Highland Garnet, Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, George L. Stearns, and William Coppinger. inventive and stressed, cantankerous and charismatic, those women and men ruled the fight to finish slavery and to accomplish recognize for African americans. again to Africa sheds new mild on those amazing personalities and their tireless efforts at reform.
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Roye, and New England black photographer Augustus Washington. ; Philadelphia, Ohio, and New York; and businesses, charities, and political or lobbying organizations in England, France, Africa, New England, and the West. Books and newspapers were freely circulated, and the intellectual resonance was electric. Coates’s correspondence, and his economic generosity, placed him at the hub of it all. While energetically pursuing connections with black leaders, Coates simultaneously remained connected with the myriad inﬂuential white reformers: Thomas Chase and Annie Heacock, businessman Alfred Cope and journalist Edmund Morris, and philanthropist Henry Hartshore.
A View to Encourage Emigration”: Benjamin Coates Encounters Race and Radicalism Just a block from the Coates residence on Arch Street lived a prominent African American family. Robert Douglass, a hairdresser active in African American aﬀairs, and Grace Bustill Douglass, a milliner and schoolteacher, had six children, of whom ﬁve survived. Sarah Mapps Douglass, born in , and Robert Douglass, born in , were close in age to Benjamin Coates. Moreover, the Douglass children attended Arch Street Meeting with their mother, who had been raised in Quaker ways.
Doris Banks Henries, The Life of Joseph Jenkins Roberts (–) and His Inaugural Address (London: Macmillan and Company, ). 55. Letter , Roberts to Coates, January , . 56. William Lloyd Garrison to Robert Purvis, May , , and May , , in Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts. See Walter Merrill, Against Wind and Tide: A Biography of William Lloyd Garrison (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, ); Liberator, August , ; John Greenleaf Whittier, Justice and Expediency (; reprinted in Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader, ed.