In short, politics seldom took first place in ministers’ lives. Although preachers viewed politics as an end in itself less than did secular cadres, numbers of them took partisan duties seriously enough to attract the ire of local whites. As preachers assumed political responsibilities they too, ran the risks of white retribution, suffering exile and assassination. Whoever articulated Black solidarity and independence stood a good chance of offending the great number of white Southerners, even though that solidarity was never complete.
- P. 13, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3