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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841

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ment that his opinions were destined to undergo a rigid scrutiny by an improved state of intellect, assisted by the rising power of an unbiased spirit of benevolence. Had he done this, he would, as a wise man, have modified that ill judged part of his work which relates to the colored people. The most unfortunate thing for the memory of this man is, that he seems to have committed himself against our claims. He makes a labored effort to conclude his proof against us, and reasons throughout as if he intended to claim the case, but his conclusion is a budget of confusion. After taking exception to the case of every educated colored person to which his attention was directed, and alleging that not-withstanding many had been taught the handicraft arts, and that others might have improved by the conversation of their masters and mistresses, he submits it as an anomaly that he had never known of negro intellect to rise above narration ! As if he did not know that slavery could produce

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