A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
The National Anti-Slavery Convention, white,
was held in 1836; they had delegates from ten
States, and 1006 anti-slavery societies existed in the
The Free Colored People of the North also
held an anti-slavery convention in 1831 Their first
work was to get recognition from the white organi¬
zations, who shut them out. The " Anti-Slavery
Free Women of America" organized in 1837, in
New York. Mary S. Parker was President, Ange¬
lina E. Grimkie, Secretary.
Miss Sarah Forten addressed the following
verses to her white sisters in behalf of co-operation :
" We are thy sisters. God has truly said
That of one blood all nations He has made.
O Christian woman ! in a Christian land,
Canst thou unblushing read this great command ?
Sm,"?r the wrongs which wring our inmost heart,
To draw one throb of pity on thy part?
Our skins may differ, but from thee we claim
A sister's privilege and a sister's name."
Soon after this, the free Negroes of the North
acted together with the whites in the great fight
against slavery. Negro orators told in eloquent
style the sad story of the bondage of their race.
Frederick Douglass, once a slave in Maryland,
electrified the whole country with his eloquence. He
stood then, and now, as a living, breathing, convinc-