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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841

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Slavery on this continent did not originate in the condition of the Africans.

IT is very commonly asserted that the Africans have been enslaved because they are fit only for slaves. This would prove to be a very summary and cheap way of setting the south right, provided the above assertion were true, or that we should take it without investigation.

But is it true that the American colonists did not think of instituting slavery until they saw in the condition of the Africans, subjects fitted only for that state?

Let us hear the voice of facts in the case. Slavery had its origin on this continent, in the Spanish colonies in South America, not with Africans for slaves, but with the aborigines!

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