Slavery as positive good

September 22, 1854

In the Refuge of Oppression column, there is this word from the Charleston Mercury:
“The South no longer regards slavery as a necessary evil  — it no longer dreams of emancipation as a pleasing prospect. But, soberly and laboriously, in the lights of religion, morals, politics and a growing experience, the question has been examined, and she now stand up before the world, and asserts her institution to  be a positive good….”