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Speaker or author: Powell, William P.

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

The speaker addressed a recent essay noting that slavery had become morally and ethically understood in the U. S. as "Negro slavery." In this sense, only one form of slavery was "right" and any other form of slavery was considered "wrong." The government could then condone enslaving one segment of humanity and denounce and abhor enslaving any other. If slavery was admissible, he argued, then enslaving white people should be admissible as well. He also addressed the current conception that the slaves were content in their condition.

Description of file(s): PDF 6 page, 1,558 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1861-10-09

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

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Constitution; contentment; Democrats; free states; Garrisonians; government; law; Massachusetts; patriotism; political abolitionists; politics; poor whites; prejudice; Republicans; slave power; South Carolina; Whigs

People: Lincoln, Abraham

Publication type: Newspapers; Speeches

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