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Lecture XII: the conservative influence of the African population of the South.

  • Preliminary remarks
  • -- American party -- the present and prospective condition of our country -- the large number of voters in the free-soil States who will be under a foreign influence, political and religious, inducing them to discard the Bible and the right of private judgment -- the freedom of the Southern States from this anti -- Christian and anti-republican influence -- the presence of the African race in the Southern States secures them this advantage -- the unpatriotic policy of free-soilism

we have seen that nowhere throughout the South have the masses of our African population given evidence of the first intelligent conception of political freedom. As to insurrections, we are freer from their disturbing influences than are the communities of many of the Northern States from the progress of a no less dangerous influence — the agrarian spirit which pervades a somewhat similar portion of society. We of the South fear them less; and we have less cause to fear them. On,

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