The United States Democratic Review Volume 19

The United States Democratic Review Volume 19

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...At the formation af the federal constitution, the abolition of the African slave trade was made a partof the federal compact, or fundamental law ofthe Union. It was immediately prohibited. as also the importation of blacks into the Union, after Jan. 1808. From that moment down to the present, the African slave trade, as regards the United States, has ceased to exist. No blacks have been entered into the United States from foreign ports, and slavery in the United States exists in a modified and continually ameliorating form, like that in Russia, British India, and Poland; viz. as the original condition of a class of inhabitants brought to that the horrible oppression of their for mer rulers, who in this case were the British Parliament. The government and people of the United States have continually applied themselves to the best mode of treating a great political evil, growing out of the barbarities of the British Parliament; and to escape the increase of which. was one great reason of our successful resistance to the imperial government. The denunciations of Vilham Penn, Anthony Beneset, and a host of American phi-, lanthropists, against the inhuman traffic. first met with response from the public mind in America;and from their writings. and from the debates on the subject, in the formation of the American constitution in 1787, the Clarksons and Wilberforces of England became instructed in the horrors perpetrated, not only with the sanction, but at the behests of the English government. Those persons succeeded finally in aiding the abolition of the trade by England in 1807; an event actually brought about by the colonial rivalry between France and England. The circumstances of that rivalry were explained by the answer of more

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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 553g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236963466
  • 9781236963468