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Mount Sinai (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
. They are chiefly by birth Virginians, and were nearly all bought in the Old Dominion eleven years ago. The majority that I spoke with were married men and fathers at the time of the purchase; but, as the railroad company had no need of female servants, their Domestic institutions were broken up, and — wifeless and childless — the poor fellows (as they are called), were transported south, and condemned for life to Alabama celibacy and adultery. Of course, He who, amid the lightnings of Mount Sinai, uttered the command, Thou shalt not commit adultery, was the founder of the system of slavery in America, which breeds such crimes, and many others of the same character, but far more odious in their nature! Of course? Do n't the Southern clergy and the Rev. South-Side Adams, of Instantaneous Conversion and Instantaneous Rendition notoriety, announce the fact? And do n't they know? Marriage and slavery. Several of these hands, as they frankly owned, have cohabited with plantatio
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ports two churches, one weekly (temperance), one triweekly, and two daily papers. Population, at that time, nearly nine thousand. It is the capital of Alabama. Montgomery, albeit, is a very godly city. It is true that its citizens sell human beings on week days; but then — and let it be remembered to its lasting honor — it imposes a fine of thirteen dollars for every separate offence and weed, on any and every unrighteous dealer who sells a cigar on Sunday! Let us smoke! Xii. Louisiana. About Southern women and Northern travellers chiefly: also, incidentally, of the Higher Law and the old slave Abraham why Northern travellers in the South so often return home with proslavery opinions four reasons property in man is robbery of man slavery a cowardly institution Prejudice of race city, plantation, and hired-out country slaves a black Rothschild why the Southern ladies are pro-slavery a poem by William North, About Southern women and Northern travellers c
Columbus (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
will swear — and not by proxy. I walked nearly or quite to Manchester, and then, changing my mind, took the branch to Columbus, the capital of South Carolina, I walked from there to Augusta--sixty miles. I kept no notes during this trip; but in a ave preserved and recorded the antislavery results of it. I was ten days on the trip, I find; but whether ten days to Columbus, or ten days from Wilmington to Augusta, I cannot now recall. I walked from Columbus to Augusta in two days: that I remColumbus to Augusta in two days: that I remember — for I slept one night in a barn, and the next in a flax house. Here is the sum total of my gleanings on the way. Discontentment. I have spoken with hundreds of slaves on my journey. Their testimony is uniform. They all pant for libross it in the night-time I should unquestionably have fallen, and been lost in the black slushy depths of the marsh. Columbus is a beautiful little city; but as the letter in which I described it, and my journey to Augusta, was unfortunately lost
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
eparated from their families! Yet, statistics prove that twenty-five thousand slaves are annually sold from the Northern slave-breeding to the Southern slave-needing States. And I know, also, that I have seen families separated and sold in Richmond; and I know still further, that I have spoken to upwards of five hundred slaves in the Carolinas alone who were sold, in Virginia, from their wives and children. Ladies generally see only the South-Side View of slavery. Yet Mrs. Douglas, of Norfolk — a comely woman — was confined in a Virginia penitentiary for the crime of teaching free colored children to read. If the woman of the South knew slavery as it is, she would not stand alone in her memorable protest against it. For young unmarried men are not the only sinners that slavery creates in the Southern States. A majority, I believe, of the married men in South Carolina support colored mistresses also. A Fugitive poem. I wish to conclude this record of my second trip with
Buffalo, N. Y. (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
e man, as he is here, unless he be a coward, or a non-resistant Christian. He may strike back. It would not do to strike back here, would it? Oh Lor‘, no! Mass'r, said the slave, looking as if frightened by the mere idea of such a thing; dey would shoot us down jest as soon as if we was cats. Well, I resumed, a colored man at the North may strike back, and not be shot down. I then related an incident, of which I was an eye witness. The last time that I travelled from Albany to Buffalo, a few months ago, there was a colored man in the cars with us. In the South, I may state here, the servants, as the slaves are frequently styled, and the free persons of color, are put in the first half of the foremost car by themselves, unless they are females travelling with their mistress, when they sit by her side. The other half of the negro car is appropriated for smokers, and is always liberally patronized. A white bully, exquisitely dressed, with gold chain, and brooch, and dia
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
fare to Savannah, where I intended to go; but a little trifle of that kind did not discourage me. I resolved to walk to Charleston; and, as I did not know a foot of the way, to follow the railroad track. I had no adequate conception of the nature ass, will appear to the reader more probable from the testimony of a pious colporteur, given before a public meeting in Charleston, in February, 1855. I quote from a Charleston paper's report. The colporteur had been stationed at----county, N. C. : remember my first entrance into the city of Augusta. The yellow fever was raging there, as? well as in the cities of Charleston and Savannah. Everybody was out of town! The nearer I approached Augusta, the more frequently was I asked, as I sto believe in them. And this cabin was haunted, you say? The cabin referred to stood on a lonely field westward of Charleston. It got that reputation for years, resumed my companion. Nobody would go near it, night nor day. On dark nights, pe
n their natural advancement. Separated by a river alone, they seem to have been purposely and providentially designed to exhibit in their future histories, the difference which naturally results from a country free, and a country afflicted with the curse of slavery. The same may be said of the two States of Missouri and Illinois. Surely this is satisfactory testimony? Thomas J. Randolph spoke next, and in the same strain as the preceding speakers. Is slavery a curse? Marshall, Barry, Randolph, Faulkner, and Chandler answer in the affirmative; and thus replies Mr. James McDowell, junior, the delegate from Rockbridge: Slavery a Leprosy. Sir, if our ancestors had exerted the firmness, which, under greater obligations we ourselves are called on to exert, Virginia would not, at this day, have been mourning over the legacy of weakness, and of sorrow that has been left her; she would not have been thrust down — down — in a still lowering relation to the subordinate post
T. L. Olmsted (search for this): chapter 5
be a robber, either as an individual or as a race, and permanently to prosper even in material interests. I saw, on this trip, and heard enough, to enable me to testify to the truth of the paragraph subjoined, by a gentleman whose writings have done much, I learn, to advance the knowledge of that sublime — aye, and terrible — truth, which the South has yet to learn or die — that you cannot fasten a chain on the foot of a slave without putting the other end of it around your own neck. Mr. Olmsted, speaking of the turpentine plantation, says: slaves and other people in the turpentine forests.--The negroes employed in this branch of industry, seemed to me to be unusually intelligent and cheerful. Decidedly they are superior in every moral and intellectual respect to the great mass of the white people inhabiting the turpentine forest. Among the latter there is a large number, I should think a majority, of entirely uneducated, poverty-stricken vagabonds. I mean by vagabonds, si<
act between parties, having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress. Whenever any State, which is suffering under this oppression, shall lose all reasonable hope of redress from the wisdom and justice of the Federal Government, it will be its right and duty to interpose, in its sovereign capacity, to arrest the progress of the evil. During John Adams's administration, Virginia, through her medium, Mr. Madison, used equally emphatic language: In case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers not granted by the said compact, the States who are parties thereto have the right, and are in duty bound to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them. Kentucky indorsed this doctrine through the pen of Thomas Jefferson: The several States, so the passage rea
the system of slavery in America, which breeds such crimes, and many others of the same character, but far more odious in their nature! Of course? Do n't the Southern clergy and the Rev. South-Side Adams, of Instantaneous Conversion and Instantaneous Rendition notoriety, announce the fact? And do n't they know? Marriage and slavery. Several of these hands, as they frankly owned, have cohabited with plantation slaves since their arrival in Alabama. All of them, of course, resemble Napoleon in one respect — they are no Capuchins. One of them — a bachelor when sold, and who had been clerically married here — remarked to me: Yes, mass'r, I'se been married; but it's no satisfaction for a man in this country. Why? ‘Cause, mass'r, he replied, you see white folks here do n't know nothina ‘bout farmina. Dey buy a place and use it up in two or tree years, and den dey go away agin. So we's never sartin of our girls ‘bove a year or two. The rich slave. When abou
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