Slaves and Sabbath privileges

September 30, 1842

From the Hartford Charter Oak, there is an article which includes a recounting of a discussion between “A Northern Man and a Southern Trader” at the close of an anti-slavery lecture.  The one argues that the “great body of slaves are deprived “of the privileges of the Sabbath”, citing laws to prove his point.  The southern trader, who is a member of the church where the meeting is held, rises to claim “that the great body of slaves in Georgia were taught to read and write, and had all the religious privileges of the whites.”