Historical and Philosophical Essays (1865)
by Nassau William Senior (9780217486347)

Historical and Philosophical Essays (1865)
Nassau William Senior
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780217486347
ISBN-10: 0217486347

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: They believe that its abolition would devote the Whites to massacre, and even the Blacks to destruction, by civil war, intemperance, and famine. Knowing that discussion with their Northern brethren only widens the breach and exasperates the disputants, they strive to keep the whole subject of slavery, and everything connected with it, out of sight; and, though they are opposed to the African slave trade, their sense of its enormity is weakened by their familiarity with their own internal slave trade between State and State, and by their recollection of the period when they or their fathers were dealers in imported negroes. When we add to the difficulties occasioned by this state of feeling, the litigious, jealous, irritable, and suspicious character of America, we cannot wonder at the ill-success of our attempts to obtain her full cooperation in the suppression of the trade. At first, indeed, the business appeared to be easy. It was not necessary, as it has been in France, to educate the public mind, and to convince the people that an immoral trade ought to be abandoned, even if it were a profitable one. We had not to complain of the inefficacy of her laws, or of the corruption or unwillingness of her tribunals. America preceded us in the abolition of the trade, and enforced that abolition in her own courts as honestly as we did. In the addresses presented to the Crown by both Houses of Parliament in 1821, earnestly entreating his Majesty to renew his efforts to obtain the cooperation of France, the conduct of America is referred to as a model to ourselves, and as a ground for exulting in our common origin. VOL. I. E But as we gradually deprived the slave-traders of the use of other flags, they endeavoured to usurp that of America. America did not think fit to incur the expe...

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