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Montgomery (search for this): chapter 5
tatute book a law authorizing the payment of $5,000 for the head of Mr. Garrison, dead or alive. The results of my journey are thus recorded in a letter from Montgomery: Contentment of slaves in Alabama. I have spoken with hundreds of slaves in Alabama, but never yet met one contented with his position under the peculiar human live stock, in order to provide subsistence for the others. And this, you know, is one of the beauties of this beautiful institution. A godly city. Montgomery is a very handsome city. It supports 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
Thomas J. Randolph (search for this): chapter 5
esult of the imperious lex non scripta of the Southern States. Iv. Historical. Faulkner again slavery and freedom compared a strong passage Thomas J. Randolph on slavery is slavery a curse? slavery a Leprosy who would have been greatest? dangerous property a beautiful domestic institution slavery a national 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 affiRandolph, 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 b
ols. Three thousand and ninety-five white persons, over five and under twenty years of age, and one thousand and eight white adults, could neither read, write nor cipher! Add the stupidity of the black population to this amazing mass of ignorance, and then you may judge of the beneficent influence of slave institutions on the mind and morals of a rising generation, and on the social life of the Southern States. Notwithstanding, and carefully concealing this stupendous influence of evil, Mr. De Bow, the compiler of the United States' Census, in his official report, has the audacity to say that the social reunions of the Southern States, in a great measure, compensate for their want of the common schools of the North! I wonder if he never heard of social reunions at the North? Was he never at a husking, a soiree, a lecture, a sewing, or a spiritual circle, a bee, a surprise party, a social --or at any other of the innumerable reunions which are everywhere so uncommonly common in the
ppealed to. They seldom see its most obnoxious features; never attend auctions; never witness examinations; seldom, if ever, see the negroes lashed. They do not know negro slavery as it is. They do not know, I think, that there is probably not one boy in a hundred, educated in a slave society, who is ignorant (in the ante-diluvian sense) at the age of fourteen. Yet, it is nevertheless true. They do not know that the inter-State trade in slaves is a gigantic commerce. Thus, for example, Mrs. Tyler, of Richmond, in her letter to the Duchess of Sutherland, said that the slaves are very seldom separated 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
John Adams (search for this): chapter 5
wers delegated to itself; but, as in all other cases of compact 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
South-Side Adams (search for this): chapter 5
, 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 plantation slaves since their arriva city slaves sometimes save money enough to purchase their freedom. What, therefore, may be true of city slaves is no indication of the condition of rural bondmen. This fact, while it does not hide the cold-heartedness of such divines as South-Side Adams, vindicates their character and sacred office from the less odious offence of deliberate lying. IV. Northerners, also, are gradually and insensibly influenced by the continual repetition of proslavery arguments; the more especially as th
John Bunyan (search for this): chapter 5
e it! Are you a married man? Yes, sir. Were you married by a minister? No, sir; I was married by de blanket. How's that? Wall, mass'r, he said, we come togeders into de same cabin, an' she brings her blanket and lays it down beside mine, and we gets married dat-a-way! Do ministers never marry you? Yes, mass'r, sometimes; but not of'en. Mass'r, has you got a chaw of ‘bacca? I never yet gave a chaw of ‘bacca without accompanying it with a revolutionary truth. John Bunyan, I remember, gave a text with his alms. The Fugitive slave act. The South has proclaimed the right of any Northern State to pass a Personal Liberty Law — to annul the Fugitive Slave Act! In the Resolutions of ‘98, and in 1829, Virginia proclaimed that Each State has the right to construe the federal compact for itself. If, therefore, a Northern State believes that the Constitution does not warrant a fugitive slave act, of course it has the right, and it is its duty, to protect
Gainsborough (search for this): chapter 5
t would say so to white folks; kase if the boss knowed we wanted to be freemen, he would kick and knock us ‘bout, and maybe kill us. Dey of'en does kill dem on de plantations. Murder will out. Did you ever see a slave killed on a plantation? He replied that he did once see a girl killed on a plantation in Georgia. He said that he heard his boss, a person of the name of Rees, tell his overseer to take some slaves down to Brother Holmes in (I think) Gainsborough county — or from Gainsborough to Hancock county--for I have forgotten which of them the old man named first--and, said the brute, with what niggers I have got there and these, I think I can raise a crop. If you kill two niggers and four horses and don't raise a crop, I'll not blame you; but if you don't, and still don't raise a crop, I'll think you have n't drove them at all. The monster added--You needn't be afraid of killing that many; I can afford to lose them. One day this overseer came up to a girl who was r
Green White (search for this): chapter 5
at work till dey die. Are the wives of slaves respected as married women? No, mass'r, dey don't make no diff'rence wedder de colored women is married or not. White folks jest do what dey have a mind to wid dem. His tone was bitter as he spoke these words. There was an ominous light in his eye — the precursor, probably (I colored people looked much younger than they are. What is that owing to, do you know? Well, mass'r! said he, I dink it's kase dey's 'bliged to live temperate. White folks has plenty ob money, and da drinks a good deal ob liquor; colored people kent drink much liquor, kase da hasn't got no money. Drinkina, mass'r, remarked ther rich women of another race those services that would brighten their own gloomy life-pathway. They may, perhaps — who knows?--have still sadder reflections. White and negro hospitality. Travelling afoot, and looking rather seedy, I did not see any of that celebrated hospitality for which the Southerners are perpetually pr
ed the abolitionist may be, he has at least the consolation of knowing that he has four millions of warm-hearted friends in the Southern States! Ah! but has the pro-slavery man no equal consolation a It is a good thing to be a Democrat in these days, said the Washington Union--the organ of the Cabinet — quite recently, after publishing ten mortal columns of the most profitable kind of government advertisements. Well, be it so; every man to his taste! Vi. North Carolina. Wagoner talk with a young slave afraid of the Abolitionists the axeman discontent arm the slaves! murder and torture of slaves work! work! work! about clothing, etc a plan of Emancipation, I continue my extracts from my Diary: September 28.--At Weldon. This morning I took a walk in the woods. A colored man, driving a horse and wagon, was approaching. I accosted him and got into the wagon. We soon began to talk about slavery. Afraid of the Abolitionists. He said that he h
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