The Irish Population

September 25, 1863

This brief article begins with a description of the condition of Irish people in Ireland as a people “without education, very poor, under the absolute control of superstition and priestcraft, and, consequently, greatly demoralized…….In Ireland they knew nothing of prejudice or malevolence against the negro race….and it is among the dreadful results of American slavery, that it has infected the minds of the Irish, who have come over here, with a colorphobia far surpassing in venom and brutality even that which so disgracefully characterizes native-born Americans. …Nevertheless, we entertain for them nothing but the utmost good will and the deepest compassion. ..Our moral indignation is directed wholly against those who take advantage of their ignorance and credulity to make them serve the cause of injustice and oppression….”