Colonization Exploded

April 1, 1864

A brief article comments that, “The failure of the President’s scheme of colonization of the Freedmen in Central America, does not surprise those who have given the most thought to the considerations involved in the enterprise. The colonists have been brought back by the government.  Some fifty perished of disease, and all suffered more or less. …We shall hear no more, we trust, of the foolish notion of exporting needed labor from our country.  The best thing that government can do for the Freedman is to give them an opportunity to work, and then to let them alone.  Taking care of the negro is the worst thing that can be done for him.  He has suffered from too much of that in times past.”