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Anti-Slavery Opinions before the Year 1800

Read before the Cincinnati Literary Club, November 16, 1872

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Author: George Buchanan
Published: 1873
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,186 / 93 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.7
LoC Category: HM
Downloads: 704
Added to site: 2007.12.22
mnybks.net#: 19455
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction

To which is appended a facsimile Reprint of Dr. George Buchanan's Oration on the Moral and Political Evil of Slavery, delivered at a public meeting of the Maryland Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, Baltimore, July 4, 1791.

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erness, and have called the rusty savages to their assistance, and are preparing to take revenge upon their haughty masters."

To this threatening passage the orator has appended a note, in which he says: "This was thrown out as a conjecture of what possibly might happen; and the insurrections of San Domingo tend to prove this danger to be more considerable than has generally been supposed, and sufficient to alarm the inhabitants of these states."

The contingency, which he thought might possibly happen, did actually occur thirty-nine years later, when an insurrection broke out, August, 1830, in Southampton county, Virginia, under the lead of Nat Turner, a fanatical negro preacher, in which sixty-one white men, women, and children were murdered before it was suppressed.

He recommends immediate emancipation; and if this can not be done, "then," he says, "let the children be liberated at a certain age, and in less than half a century the plague will be totally rooted out from among you; thous

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