Against Slavery Newspaper

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Friday, November 15, 1858 Page 1 Douglass’ Monthly Down with Senator Hammond, Down with the Mud-Sill Theory, and Down with Slavery Once and For All -Daniel Leng Last week on March 4 th , 1858, the senator of South Carolina, Senator James Hammond, made an outrageous speech to the U.S. Senate in supporting slavery. His main argument deals with how, “In all social systems there must be a class to do the menial duties, to perform the drudgery of life.” Hammond believes that this bottom race is the fundamental of social progression, and strongly believes that his race, the white race is a superior one, while the black race is the inferior one. Therefore his self-righteous conclusion is that the Negro race is and should be this bottom class of society; that the Negro race is a race born for enslavement. Although I too believe that in society it is inevitable to have a fundamental base class, I definitely do not believe that the African Americans should be the race condemned into it, and I most certainly do not believe that these so called “slaves” are an inferior race. The main reason Hammond and many other slave owners believe that the Negros are an inferior race is because they believe that Negros lack moral, education, and ability. However it is wrong to judge someone who has never had the mere chance to educate oneself, to learn sophisticated abilities, and to build a strong moral. These Negros
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