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 US. A Quaker businessman from Philadelphia and a someday officer of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, he was once dedicated to aiding black americans relocate to West Africa. This positioned him on the heart of a discourse with abolitionists at domestic and out of the country, 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 american citizens. again to Africa sheds new gentle on those amazing personalities and their tireless efforts at reform.
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Extra resources for Back To Africa: Benjamin Coates And The Colonization Movement In America, 1848-1880
Besides being a devoted brother and uncle, and a successful, if restless, businessman, Coates was a philanthropist, as his father had been before him. He became an early member of the Union Benevolent Association, a nondenominational group of Philadelphia businessmen, organized in after the poor of the city had experienced a particularly bad winter. This group gave food, clothes, and fuel to the “worthy poor,” without regard to race, and it attempted to teach them to become self-supporting and useful members of society.
These were times of high excitement in Quaker families, and often led to further inbreeding, as 33. Philip S. Benjamin, The Philadelphia Quakers in the Industrial Age, – (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, ), ; Ingle, Quakers in Conﬂict, ; Minutes, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District, September , June , , microﬁlm. 34. J. William Frost, The Quaker Family in Colonial America (New York: St. Martin’s Press, ), n. . 35. Benjamin, The Philadelphia Quakers in the Industrial Age, .
89. See, for example, Letter , Coates to Coppinger, June , . Papers :, microﬁlm; and Coates with Frederick Douglass, Mary Ann Shadd, and Henry Highland Garnet. 90. Schor, Henry Highland Garnet, –. 91. Weekly Anglo-African, April , . qxd 9/22/2005 11:27 AM Page 35 Mackinac, Michigan; St. 92 From these places he wrote home to his father and sisters letters that were warm, gossipy, and ﬁlled with reports of the scenery, weather, and his own well-being.