Lecture XI: teaching the slaves to read and Write.
- Superiors frequently neglect inferiors -- the policy of the South vindicated by necessity -- the results that would follow an attempt to establish a system for instructing the blacks in letters, and those which would follow the establishment of such a system -- the domestic element of the system of slavery in the Southern States affords the means for their improvement adapted to their condition and the circumstances of the country: it affords the natural, the safe, and the effectual means of the intellectual and moral elevation of the race -- the prospects of the Africans in this country, and their final removal to Africa -- the country never will be entirely rid of them -- the Southern policy wise and humane.
one point remains to be considered to complete a full and candid view of the institution of domestic slavery. It is erroneously said that “we keep the African in a state of barbarism, and then plead that barbarism in vindication of our policy.” Every thing is liable to abuse. I know that there are instances in the South of great neglect