Negro-mania: Being an Examination of the Falsely Assumed Equality of the Various Races of Men

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Campbell & Power, 1851 - African Americans - 549 pages

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Page 436 - I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.
Page 429 - Add to these, flowing hair, a more elegant symmetry of form, their own judgment in favour of the whites, declared by their preference of them, as uniformly as is the preference of the Oran-ootan for the black women over those of his own species.
Page 499 - emancipated" the West Indies into a Black Ireland ; " free " indeed, but an Ireland, and Black ! The world may yet see prodigies ; and reality be stranger than a nightmare dream. Our own white or sallow Ireland, sluttishly starving from age to age on its act-of-parliament " freedom," was hitherto the flower of mismanagement among the nations : but what will this be to a Negro Ireland, with pumpkins themselves fallen scarce like potatoes! Imagination cannot fathom such an object ; the belly of Chaos...
Page 436 - The opinion that they are inferior in the faculties of reason and imagination, must be hazarded with great diffidence. To justify a general conclusion, requires many observations, even where the subject may be submitted to the Anatomical knife, to Optical 479 glasses, to analysis by fire or by solvents.
Page 431 - ... the conversation of their masters; many have been brought up to the handicraft arts, and from that circumstance have always been associated with the whites. Some have been liberally educated, and all have lived in countries where tho arts and sciences are cultivated to a considerable degree, and have had before their eyes samples of the best works from abroad.
Page 82 - Mosaic account does not however make it quite clear that the inhabitants of all the world descended from ADAM and EVE.* Moreover, the entire or even partial inspiration of the various writings comprehended in the Old Testament has been and is doubted by many persons, including learned divines, and distinguished oriental and biblical scholars.
Page 428 - Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state, and thus save the expense of supplying, by importation of white settlers, the vacancies they will leave? Deep-rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances...
Page 421 - I have to regret that up to the present time I have not been able to procure, either in this country or from Europe, the last two memoirs which embrace his views on Egyptian subjects, and especially the work entitled, ' Specimen historic naturalis antiquse artis operibus illustrate.
Page 431 - They astonish you with strokes of the most sublime oratory; such as prove their reason and sentiment strong, their imagination glowing and elevated. But never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration; never see even an elementary trait of painting or sculpture.
Page 475 - At sales of estates, and even at Sheriff's sales, they are always, if possible, sold in families. On the whole, notwithstanding the migratory character of our population, I believe there are more families among our slaves, who have lived and died together without losing a single member from their circle, except by the process of nature, and in the enjoyment of constant, uninterrupted communion, than have flourished in the same space of time, and among the same number of civilized people in modern...

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