Social and Moral Condition of the Slave States

September 10, 1858

Henry C. Wright writes this letter to Garrison, in which he claims that “the social and moral character and condition of a people are known by the relations which women hold to men, and by the respect paid to them as women, as wives, as mothers, and in families, what must be the character and condition of the slave States?”   He presents statistics to support the conclusion that there is a “national brothel”, a “national harem”.