Slavery Unprofitable

October 6, 1854

A column-long article by Theodore Parker which begins, “Slavery is unprofitable for the people.  America is poorer for slavery.  …If three and a quarter million slaves were freemen, how much richer would she be?  There is no state in the Union but is poorer for slavery.  It is a bad tool to work with. The educated freeman is the best working power in the world….Compare the North and the South, and see what a difference in riches, comfort, education.  See the superiority of the North….”   The rest of the article gives substance by which Parker proves his point.