An Inquiry Into the Condition and Prospects of the African Race in the United States; And the Means of Bettering Its Fortunes ...

An Inquiry Into the Condition and Prospects of the African Race in the United States; And the Means of Bettering Its Fortunes ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...of legal enactments, and the customs of all ages; but, as an honest man, I could not defend it, in the face of Jefferson's Declaration. American slavery--after all our protestations of freedom, and boast of man's equality--Lis gross inconsistency. With these views, although from the relative situation and condition of the North it will doubtless have a powerful influence in producing this result (emancipation), I believe it would take place, were the free states blotted out of existence. The spirit of Christianity and of civilization is against it. The South will not always be able to withstand the light which is pouring all around her. She now laughs to scorn the incipient advances of the enemy; and, mighty in her opinion of right, defies its power; but she has not yet grappled the giant. She has closed her doors, and looks out from the window, in imagined safety; but she knows not the subtlety of the foe. He comes in every wind, lurks in every corner: he presents himself to the eye, the ear, to every avenue of the understanding. The attempt to arrest the course of public opinion, will be like rolling back the stone of Sysiphus. The impulse which has been given to the spirit of freedom across the Atlantic, by the example of our institutions, is now re-echoed upon our shores, and points directly to slavery. lis voice is louder and louder. Almost all Protestant and Catholic Europe is against it. And in Europe our great national charter is understood to mean what it says. And surely it is pardonable to believe there is an inconsistency in declaring all men to be born " free and equal," and keeping one-fifth of these free and equal born in hopeless bondage. Perhaps the inconsistency appears more glaring from the fact, that some of...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741978
  • 9781236741974