This evening I went to hear a lecture by Dan Billin on the Noyes Academy in Canaan, New Hampshire. The Noyes Academy was a school started in 1834 in the town next to where I live that was founded by local abolitionists and accepted both black and white students. In August of 1835, the townspeople from Canaan, Enfield and Hanover, New Hampshire, dragged the school off its foundation and ran all the black students out of town.
The short history of the school can be found in a chapter of the Canaan Town History. In reading this chapter, one paragraph really hit home that things really never change.
In those days there existed a class of men, whose minds were constantly seized upon new and unheard of horrors, with which to influence and arouse the indignation of such as are always shocked at the recital of outrage and wrong. This class of persons like to pass from one state of indignation into another with abruptness, and always find the succeeding condition more intense than the preceding.
Sounds just like many of our current politicians and various infotainment outlets, who do nothing but foment rage. So nothing is again new under the sun.