One force expands, the other wanes.
Yet what a power of mischief this low and waning branch of the human family possesses; a power which wounds and weakens every section of America
; setting brother against brother, North against South, the disciples of Brewster
against the comrades of Raleigh
, and the children of Oglethorpe
against the descendants of Penn.
This question-“ How, in our advance towards a higher plane of freedom, culture, and refinement, shall we treat those races on our soil which stand on the lowest stages of freedom, culture, and refinement?” --has already wrecked a third part of America
, putting back for unknown terms of years the noble work which the Republic
inherited from her English founders — that of planting and peopling this continent with Free States.
“ Born in the South
, and trained to look on slavery as a domestic system, I was always of opinion that the Slave Question
was a passing evil,” says a companion of the quarter deck.
“A passing evil?
You think it would have passed away?”
“It would assuredly have passed away.”