Slavery is Morally Right

December 31, 1858

Under the Refuge of Oppression column, here is an extract from a message of the Governor of Florida to the Legislature of that State.     He affirms the moral high ground for slavery, and urges the passing of a law which would protect the slaveholder from “molestation”…..I am clearly of the opinion that the result of such a law would be to make hundreds of our citizens actual slave-owners who, without some such encouragement, would probably never own a slave.”