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Speaker or author: Cole, Thomas, fl. 1837-1838

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker pointed out that the history of slavery is not about enslaving black people, but about enslaving those considered unable to defend off a "domineering spirit" that often manifests in mankind. He notes that the southern states had entered the union based on a compromise stating that slavery would be temporary. The abolitionist movement had come from Virginia as a response to this. At this point, the system of slavery was firmly in place based on economics, not on race.

Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 693 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1838

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: abolitionist; Africa; bondage; chattel; citizen; Constitution; history; James Madison; race; Virginia

People: Madison, James

Publication type: Newspapers; Speeches

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