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Miscellaneous Writings On Slavery (1853)


Miscellaneous Writings On Slavery (1853)

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    William Jay
Excerpt from book: ON THH CONDITION OF THE FREE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE UNITED STATES. It appears from the census of 1830, that there were then 319,467 free colored persons in the United States. At the present time the number cannot be less than 360,000. Fifteen States of the Federal Union have each a smaller population than this aggregate. Hence if the whole mass of human beings inhabiting Connecticut, or New Jersey, or any other of these fifteen States, were subjected to the ignorance and degradation and persecution and terror we arc about to describe as the lot of this much-injured people, the amount of suffering would still be numerically less than that inflicted by a professedly Christian and republican community upon the free negroes. Candor, however, compels us to admit that, deplorable as is their condition, it is still not so wretched as colonizationists and slave-holders, for obvious reasons, are fond of representing it. It is not true that free negroes are " more vicious and miserable than slaves can be," nor that " it would be as humane to throw slaves from the decks of the middle passage, as to set them free in this coun- Rev. Mr. Bacon, of New Haven, 7 Rep., Am. Col. Soc., p. 9? try," nor that "a sudden and universal emancipation without colonization, would be a greater Curse to the slaves themselves, than the bondage in which they are held." It is a little singular, that in utter despite of these rash assertions slave-holders and colonizationists unite in assuring us, that the slaves are rendered discontented by witnessing the freedom of their colored brethren: and hence we are urged to assist in banishing to Africa these sable and dangerous mementoes of liberty. We all know that the wife and children of the free negro are not ordinarily sold in the market, that ...   show more
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