Jeremy Slater was a radical North American essayist and novelist in the 1920s, and one of the leading figures in the League for Brotherhood. He rejected League founder Howard Washburne's efforts to gain greater wealth and power for the C.N.A.'s Negro citizens. In his 1921 book Essays of the Revolution, he wrote, "For years we have been begging for a share of the poison. If we get it, we will die; if we don't, we will bloom. Washburne means well, but he will destroy us if he succeeds."
Sobel's source for Jeremy Slater's quotation is pp. 56-57 of Slater's Essays of the Revolution (New York, 1921).