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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841

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can slaves to the West Indies ; but this was more than fifty years after the aborigines had been enslaved.

And yet, in the face of all this, it is pre-tended that the condition of the Africans first suggested the idea of slavery. And now I shall claim the benefit of two inferences from these facts.

1. The spirit of slavery was mature and fully in action before the Africans were slaves on this continent.

Columbus sounded the pews " a new world," and a multitude of adventurers soon flew to make conquests. But to get gain for nought in lands was not sufficient for their purpose. They must have property in human flesh. They must have the aborigines' lands for nought, and in addition to this they must have the aborigines work it for nought. And when this appeared to be not so convenient, they must have a supply of Africans. This spirit broke forth from the old world like a lion from his cage, pinched with hunger; and

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