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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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of colored persons' bodies to turn nearly white, without such a learned process.

The learned and humane Stanhope Smith has proven by accumulated facts, the influence of climate on the complexion and figure: explains why the Africans on the Western coast, under the torrid zone, are more black than those on the eastern.

The general fact is established, that in those parts of Africa between the tropics, not only men but beasts and birds also, are black or darkish, and vary with the latitude, till coming near the frozen seas, bears and other animals are white.

We have quite a curious calculation in the history of Vermont, by S. Williams, 1794. From approximative data, he infers that intermarriage with the whites would change this complexion in five generations, or one hundred and twenty-six years, but by climate without intermarriage, four thou-sand years. I hope it will not be thought too humorous to say, I am sorry that while Mr. Williams was in the way of calcula-



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