Teaching The Quarry in Context

Chapter XIX

The walls were decorated with lithographs of famous Negroes, among them Toussant L’Ouverture, the Haitian liberator; his successor, Desalines; General Antonio Maceo, the Cuban patriot; Frederick Douglass, the abolition orator; Senator Blanche K. Bruce; John M. Langston; Booker T. Washington and several Negro bishops whose fame did not extend beyond the confines of their own race. “ (p. 163)

“Donald was unable, at the close of the speech, to decide whether the President was fool, fanatic, self-deluded visionary, crook, or a more or less unconscious combination of them all. His fundamental proposition, that Africa should belong to the Africans, was philosophically and ethically sound, but his plan of bringing it about was the wildest of fantasies. That he could secure for his projected colony any of the European African territory, out of the lust for which had grown the bloodiest and most costly war of all history, was palpably absurd, and that the governments of Liberia or Abyssinia would abdicate in favor of foreign power of their own blood was equally unthinkable.” (p.168)


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