In the runup to the U.S. Civil War, racist apologists for slavery claimed that Blacks were incapable of governing themselves: too stupid, animalistic and uncivilized. Here is James Theodore Holly’s learned refutation of that outrageous claim, published four years before he led a group of New Englanders who resettled in independent Haiti. He became the first Black bishop of The Episcopal Church in 1874, with jurisdiction extended to the Dominican Republic in 1897. “Ungovernable”? He established the biggest diocese in The Episcopal Church – bigger than William White’s Pennsylvania; bigger than John Henry Hobart’s New York; bigger than anything White Americans built with a 300-year head start. Those dioceses were extensively subdivided, of course, but they still do not rival Haiti in the affections of the people – nor in the mainland’s affection for them. U.S. Episcopalians come to Haiti from everywhere; some dioceses have taken on special responsibilities to assist with mission. The Church there is both weak and strong, and we reverence you, Bishop Holly, one of our greatest missionary bishops.

Call Number: F 972 .42
Author: Holly, James Theodore, 1829-1911.
Title: A vindication of the capacity of the Negro race for self-government, and civilized progress, as demonstrated by historical events of the Haytian revolution : and the subsequent acts of that people since their national independence / a lecture by Rev. Jas. Theo. Holly.
Published: New Haven : William H. Stanley, printer, 1857.
Physical Description: 48 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject (LCSH): Blacks –Haiti.
Haiti –History –Revolution, 1791-1804.
Haiti –History –1804-
Notes: “Published for the Afric-American Printing Co.”

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