Fighter Against Slavery Jehudi Ashmun Author:Arthur Orrmont When Jehudi Ashmun was a college student just after the War of 1812, he found himself searching for a cause that would give his life purpose. He joined an anti-slavery society and was assigned to take a shipload of Negro emigrants to a new colony in the jungles of Africa. Here he found a cause which fired his imagination - to establish colonies... more » in Africa for oppressed American Negroes and at the same time eliminate slavery in the Un tied States.
As a boy in Champlain, New York, Jehudi was often accused of living in a dream world. But he was both a realist and a missionary to whom the unjust treatment of any man was intolerable When he arrived in Africa, he found the fledgling colony all but decimated by disease and starvation, and threatened by hostile natives. For ten years he waged a heroic and extraordinary battle against the slave trade, and led his men in raids against local "slave factories". He invited the slaves he freed to join his colonies, which prospered under his wise leadership. For the diplomatic and administrative prowess Jehudi exhibited, the local chiefs named him the "White Lion". All the while, Jehudi was plagued with personal difficulties that would have destroyed a lesser man - attacks of dreaded malaria, false charges brought against him by jealous rivals, the indifference of his superiors, furtive attempts o his life by the slave traders. But he refused to allow any hazard to impede his work.
Appointed governor of the new nation of Lberia in 1825, he developed the country's commerce, education ad government so skillfullly that he helped to make it possible for Liberia to become the first independent Negro Republic in Africa.« less