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Letter from Ebenezer Bowman, Boston, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1879 Ap[ri]l 26th

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Letter from Ebenezer Bowman, Boston, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1879 Ap[ri]l 26th

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Ebenezer Bowman writes to William Lloyd Garrison sending him $2 "for the 'Southern Exodus'" and sharing his regret that he is not "able to make the amount many hundred times larger." Bowman says he experienced "severe marching over the plantations of Louisiana during the war and have suffered from chronic madness since its close." He comments on the "short sighted[ness]" of his leaders who trusted the freedom of former slaves to the "enemies of equal rights," saying they are now trying to secure "by tyranny, legislation, and fear what they had failed to secure by treason and force." Bowman sees in the exodus the hand of "providence" leading "these oppressed people to a land of practical freedom .. where they can vote without fear from the shot-gun".
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