Lectures on the Philosophy and Practice of Slavery; As Exhibited in the Institution of Domestic Slavery in the United States; With the Duties of Maste

Lectures on the Philosophy and Practice of Slavery; As Exhibited in the Institution of Domestic Slavery in the United States; With the Duties of Maste

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...accident of a cause, which lay back of all they did, and of all. they might have done, whether good or bad. This cause is evolved by the inquiry, VVhy did they bring them into the country at all? If some. potent cause had not been at, work, would they or any others have brought them into the country? Certainly not. This cause, then, whatever it was, is without doubt the true foundation, the immediate cause, of African slavery in America., What, then, was this cause? But one answer can be given to this inquiry. On it there can be no = division of opinion. It was the state of public opinion in Great Britain, and the state of public opinion in her colonies in this country at the time. This state of public opinion demanded ' their introduction and employment as slaves, and hence they were introduced and so employed. Whatever demerit or merit, then, was in the origin. and maturity of this state of things, -is traceable directly to public opinion, and attaches directly as a virtue or a crime, as the case maybe, to those who controlled public opinion, through the ' oF'SLAVERY.-I ' '-167 'long period of its inception, formation, and maturity, and to them alone. This being the true origin and foundationof the system, if it had its foundation in robbery and zziolenee, it was because '. public opinion, through. that long period, was so eminently corrupt as to set itself, deliberately 'and of full purpose, to Work to perpetrate robbery and violence, without any redeeming virtue; for such crimes admit of none. Was this so? Can we be prepared to believe it? In default of all history at this point to detail the origin and pro-gress 'of public opinion-on this subject, we are left to form our judgment from our knowledge of the men whom we know.show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842693
  • 9781236842695