Of the poets mentioned in Griswold's Poets and Poetry of America, 122 are of the Free States, and only 16 of the Slave States.
Of the poets whose place of birth appears in Read's Female Poets of America, 71 are of the Free States, and only 11 of the Slave States.
If we try authors by weight or quality, it is the same as when we try them by numbers.
Out of the Free States come all whose works have a place in the permanent literature of the country, —Irving, Prescott, Sparks, Bancroft, Emerson, Motley, Hildreth, Hawthorne; also, Bryant, Longfellow, Dana, Halleck, Whittier, Lowell,— and I might add indefinitely to the list.
But what name from the Slave States can find entrance there?
A similar disproportion appears in the number of Patents, during the last three years, 1857, 1858, and 1859, attesting the inventive industry of the contrasted regions.
In the Free States there were 9,557; in the Slave States, 1,306: making a difference of 8,251 in favor of Freedom.
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