Foreign Slave Trade a Blessing

November 2, 1860

This article, from the N.Y. Journal of Commerce, appears in the Refuge of Oppression column. A few words give a sense of its point.  “The native African is an habitual drunkard, a thief, a liar, revengeful, licentious, groveling in his habits, almost destitute of natural affection, unprogressive in character, and in religion a devotee of the obscene mysteries of Fetichism… The negroes held in slavery in the United States are much better off, physically and morally, than their ignorant and degraded brothers in Africa….only those who own slaves can abolish slavery, and ….every imprudent, or concealed, or violent opposition on the part of Northern men, does more injury than good, and impedes the advancement of genuine humanity.”