Southern Slavery in Its Present Aspects; Containing a Reply to a Late Work of the Bishop of Vermont on Slavery Volume 3

Southern Slavery in Its Present Aspects; Containing a Reply to a Late Work of the Bishop of Vermont on Slavery Volume 3

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...according to this, a legislature is not only supreme but infallible. A legislature can do no wrong, can enact no injustice. Neither can legislators, without absurdity, raise the question of right or wrong in discussing a proposed measure; if they only enact it, it cannot help being right. One might as well say, " whatever the law declares to be true, is true;"--if the law says "black is-white," then black is white. Those who hold this doctrine would do well to consider what is their idea of right, and whence it is derived. Is their very idea of right, "that which is established by law?" Then to say And yet the honourable Senator would perhaps be among the first to declare that the emancipation of the slaves by law without compensation to the masters would be wrong: for example, that an amendment of the Constitution of the United States, eonstitutionally made, so emancipating all the slaves in the country, would be wrong; or a similar amendment of aState constitution, say, of Maryland, similarly made, would still be wrong. that " what the law establishes is right," is as much as to say, "what the law establishes, the law establishes." On the other hand, is their idea of right derived from the judgment of the moral faculty and independent of the positive enactment of law? Then the statement that " whatever the law declares to be right, is right," becomes a mere opinion of fact, and not a doctrine of necessary truth; the opinion may be false in any given case; it is manifestly false in many cases, and, in every case, the question whether it be true or false must be submitted to the decision of the moral faculty. Says Bishop Hopkins: "The nearest approach on earth...
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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856988
  • 9781236856982