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James Redpath, The Roving Editor: or, Talks with Slaves in the Southern States. 2 0 Browse Search
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. They are chiefly by birth Virginians, and were nearly all bought in the Old Dominion eleven years ago. The majority that I spoke with were married men and fathers at the time of the purchase; but, as the railroad company had no need of female servants, their Domestic institutions were broken up, and — wifeless and childless — the poor fellows (as they are called), were transported south, and condemned for life to Alabama celibacy and adultery. Of course, He who, amid the lightnings of Mount Sinai, uttered the command, Thou shalt not commit adultery, was the founder of the system of slavery in America, which breeds such crimes, and many others of the same character, but far more odious in their nature! Of course? Do n't the Southern clergy and the Rev. South-Side Adams, of Instantaneous Conversion and Instantaneous Rendition notoriety, announce the fact? And do n't they know? Marriage and slavery. Several of these hands, as they frankly owned, have cohabited with plantatio