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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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1. That in opposing this notion I do not intend to controvert the fact that we are inferior in attainment. If this was the question I should have to be content to yield it and go no further.

2. I am not to be understood as denying the fact that some men are of less vigorous habits of study than others.

3. Nor do I assert that the mind, under certain circumstances, does not lose both the habits of, and the taste for enlightened education.

4. Nor yet do I mean to say that the human mind does not greatly vary in talents; talents I mean as distinguished from intellect.

5. I do not know exactly what the advocates of this notion mean by inferiority, but from the popular sense of the word I shall take it for granted that they mean to hold that there is an inferior order of intellect, and that those of this order are radically and constitutionally inferior, so that no means can change that constitution or raise



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