Living Age Volume 85

Living Age Volume 85

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... whom the fact of rebellion has set free. Nor may it be said, that because slavery existed in most of the States when the Union was formed, it cannot rightfull be interfered with now. A change as taken place, such as Madison foresaw, and for which he pointed out the remedy. The constitutions of States had been transformed before the plotters of treason carried them away into rebellion. When the federal Constitution was formed, general emancipation was thought to be near; and everywhere the respective legislatiires had authority, in exercise of their ordinary functions, to do awa with slavery; since that time the attempt hasbeen madein what are called slave States to make the condition of slavery perpetual; and events have proved with the clearncss of demonstration, that a constitution which seeks to continue a caste crime for the slave to continue his obedi-case; for treason t ie master then, for treason vadcd country he must take his aiders and ' of hereditary bondmen through endless generations is inconsistent with the existence of republican institutions.. So, then, the new President and the people of the United States must insist that the roclamation of freemen shall stand as a rea ity. And moreover, the people must never cease to insist that the constitution shall be so amended as utterly to prohibit slavery on any part of our soil for evermore. Alas! that a State in our vicinity should withhold its assent to this last beneficent measure; its refusal was an encouragement to our enemies equal to the gain of a pitched battle; and delays the only hopeful method of pacilication. The removal of the cause of the rebellion is not only demanded by justice; it is the policy of mercy, making room for a wider clemency; it is the part of more

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236949439
  • 9781236949431