emancipation, because the reasons by which we invalidate this doctrine will, a fortiori
, disprove the doctrine of immediate emancipation.
It is said that a system of gradual emancipation succeeded well in the Northern States
, and that it would succeed equally well in the Southern
But I deny the assumption in each case.
There never was a large slave population in the Northern States
, owing to the unsuitableness of the climate.
The question arises, How did this system operate with the few they had?
It is well known that the owners anticipated the time appointed for the law of emancipation to go into operation, and sold their slaves in the South
This law only operated to transfer the slaves, for the most part, to a climate and soil more congenial to their constitution and habits.
The operation of the scheme, therefore, resulted only in the emancipation of a few of the whole number, (see Lecture I., page 22;) and these few, as has been proved, have, by the social, and, we may add, in many instances, by the municipal regulations of the States within which they reside, been essentially injured by the change instead of benefited.
Hence the scheme did not succeed well in the Northern States
And can it be assumed that it would succeed better in the Southern States
On the contrary, the result would be much more fatal