My name is Ralph Waldo Emerson and today I am going to be presenting a sensible means to abolition. I will be the first to admit that I was reluctant to attach myself to such a volatile issue as a Unitarian Minister.
Thankfully, I have become a fervent advocate for abolition. I believe every man has the right to personal freedom! I have created a manual for a sensible means to abolition.
A Sensible Means to AbolitionBy: Raldo Waldo Emerson
In this manual, I used pictures as a means of communication, taking into consideration that the majority of you are unable to read, and I have provided the most sensible way to escape and guarantee success, if careful.
The underground railroad is a network of secret roots and safe houses established used by slaves to escape to free states and Canada. Many enslaved African-Americans have been able to escape without being captured using this method. In this way, we attempt to abolish slavery in a sensible manner, rather than riots, slave rebellions, and other harmful and dangerous protests that could harm people on both ends of it. Escape peacefully and silently to avoid getting kidnapped, or even worse, murdered because of the Fugitive Slave Act. "This filthy act was made in the nineteenth century, by people who could read and write. I will not obey it, by God….This is a case of conscience, a call for compassion, a call for mercy. Slavery poisons and depraves everything it touches….Union is a delectable thing, and so is wealth, and so is life, but they may all cost too much, if they cost honour". In the manual, I have provided a map of the railroad in order to lead you with your escape.
I wish you all well and good health and I truly hope that one day you all will e given the freedom that you deserve.