The Slaveholders’ Convention

June 17, 1859

Recently convened in Baltimore, there is an article about resolutions passed.

Comment by the editor includes:  “They are troubled that so many slaves run away; and they are also troubled that so many free negroes will not run away”.. they found that “there is a danger of Africanization of the State”, and ask the Legislature to pass laws “preventing emancipation”.  “Poor old fogies, they cling to a rotten system that covers the land with desolation, and brings poverty and want to their doors.”