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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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shall miss our conclusion, or else subject ourselves to needless labor. This complexion is an effect which must have had an adequate cause. This no one disputes. But the question is, have second causes been adequate to this effect

Take complexion as it exists in its variety, as an effect ; and reason from it back in search of the cause or causes, and it is believed that second causes have produced it.

A writer named Hanneman made the blasphemous assertion that this complexion has proceeded from the curse pronounced by Noah upon Ham, as he says.

From this opposing arguments have not only been brought by a host of writers, such as Pecklin, Ruysch, Albinus, Littee, Santarini, Winslow, Mitchil, Camper, Zimmerman, Meekel; but anatomists have diven with their fists full of sharp instruments, into the recesses of the human frame to search for the fountain of this curious stream.



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