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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 17: Virginia. (search)
s, and Tartar slaves under Alexis; but the end of every rising was a deeper fall, a sterner punishment, a harder rivetting of the servile chain. From Spartacus to Pugacheff, the leaders of servile insurrections have always failed. The case of Toussaint l'overture is no exception to the rule, for the war in Hayti was political rather than servile, and in the long run Toussaint failed as Dessalines and Christophe also failed. When the war of secession broke out, emancipation by the sword was Toussaint failed as Dessalines and Christophe also failed. When the war of secession broke out, emancipation by the sword was a new theory; and the overthrow of a powerful aristocracy for the benefit of their serfs was a thing unknown. No such upheaval of society, as we now find along the vast regions stretching from the Potomac to the Gulf of Mexico, is on record in any nation; nor after such a convulsion can one expect to see the moral balance of society rapidly restored. We must be patient, for we have to wait on some of the most delicate movements of the human heart. A man learns to hide his scars and sores