A Slave Advocating Slavery

April 12, 1861

In the Refuge of Oppression column, from the Savannah Republican, is a brief article in which a slave, Harrison Berry, is cited as having written why “slavery is the proper status for the black man”, a status which no one can doubt “who will properly investigate the subject”.  According to this account, Berry says “that the Abolitionists are his worst enemies, inasmuch as all their efforts only tend to draw the cords of servitude more tightly around him, and deprive him of many indulgences that he would otherwise enjoy.”