Unity of the Southern colonies against slavery.
On what ground will he be challenged?
Did not the Southern
folk show originally an aversion to slavery more manifestly even than those of the North
protested against it as early as 1727 and as late as 1760. Georgia
prohibited it by law. Virginia
sternly set her face against it, and levied a tax of ten dollars per head on every negro to prevent it. They were all overridden by the avarice of English merchants and the despotism of English ministers.
‘Do as you would be done by’ is not yet the maxim of our race, which will push oft on its weaker brethren that it will not itself accept; and thus slavery was thrust on the South
, an uninvited—aye, a forbidden-guest.
Quickly did the South
stop the slave trade.
Though the Constitution
forbade the Congress
to prohibit it prior to 1808, when that year came every Southern State had itself prohibited it, Virginia
leading the list.
When Jefferson Davis
was born it was gone altogether, save in one State (South Carolina
), where it had been revived under combination between large planters of the South
and ship-owners and slave traders of the North
Fine exhibition, too, was that of unselfish Southern patriotism when in 1787, by Southern votes and Virginia
's generosity, and under Jefferson's lead, the great northwestern territory was given to the Union
and to freedom.