and an irrefragable argument against its possible perpetuity?
No: in a slaveholding Republic ignorance is bliss, and enlightenment must bring the torture of remorse and the trembling of fear.
The prototype of the Southern slaveholder is the African King, who, gleaming with palm-oil and glorious in a painted skin, drives down to the shore his squalid files of shivering captives, and sells them to tho missionary of civilization, whose pirate bark is anchored in the offing.
The Monarch of Dahomey is the real founder of the Confederate States of America.
Their enlightenment, their theology, their civilization, their political economy, have all been learned of that hideous and howling savage; and all they are, and all they pretend to be, and all they care to be, the barbarians of the Slave Coast have been before them.
Yes: they do well to give up their colleges; they will give up their churches next — and then — who knows?--perhaps their clothes!
Given the independence of the Sou