the children of the strangers that sojourned among them; of them they should buy and of their families that were with them, which they begat in the land” --“they should take them as an inheritance for their children, and they should be their bondmen for ever.”
The theory of certain pseudophilanthropists of the present day, would have led then to prate loudly in behalf of equality, and the duty and practicability of speedily elevating this people in the scale of civilization.
But He who was too wise to err and too good to do wrong, knew better, and ordered differently.
Barbarism — long-continued barbarism — cannot be speedily elevated by any contact with the forms of civilization.
He who denied them political sovereignty, (except on certain conditions, which clearly indicated such an appreciation of the privilege as properly entitled them to the right,) at the same time provided that they be denied social equality, and reduced to a state of absolute slavery — they were made bond-slaves in perpetuity.
Herein they were placed under the ban of social as well as political proscription — a position in which they could do the least possible mischief to the progress of civilization, but would contribute greatly to its advancement, and thereby promote their own improvement much beyond any thing they could have attained in their original heathen state.