Mass. Man Expulsion from Florida

Joseph L. Blodgett, from Charlemont, Franklin County, tells of being in Florida, and one day confronted by armed men, stripped, lashed eighty times, finally put on board a vessel going out of the state.  The reason given was that he had “taught the Negroes in Jacksonville how to read, and that I  knew of a Negro’s running away.”  (Liberator, February 13, 1857)

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