We have already discussed to some extent the first two points.
I reserve the subject of emancipation for future lectures.
I now proceed to exemplify the truth of the positions discussed on this general proposition, and thereby show the actual necessity that we sustain, in the present circumstances of the race, the system of domestic slavery.
We adduce the fact of domestic colonization.
This has been frequently attempted in the Southern States
, and has as often failed for the want of success.
Eminently humane, though mistaken men, have tried this experiment with their slaves.
Some have tried it on a small scale: standing only as their nominal owners, and giving them the control of their time and labor, and the use of necessary lands for cultivation.
Others have tried the same plan on a more extended scale of operations.
But if there is a single successful experiment now in operation in the Southern
country, I am not aware of it. In every instance the owners have been compelled to resume the control of their slaves, to prevent them from becoming a tax on the community, and a nuisance in the neighborhood.
The result of the experiment in the case of the free colored population, is equally in