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A Text Book of the Origin and History of the Colored People

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841

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venture to offer some views on the passage relating to Canaan.

"And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

"And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem ; and Canaan shall be his servant.

" God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant." Gen. ix. 25, 26, 27.

This is the mooted passage. This is claimed to be the divinely sanctioned ordinance by which the Africans are given to the American slaveholder for chattels and things!

I have shown that the Africans are not Canaanites; and therefore admitting that the passage is correctly construed by them, then it follows that they have mistaken their game. They must discharge the Africans, compensate them for false enslavement, and go and get Canaanites. But, as I have no wish to shuffle the question so as

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