Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Doom of Slavery

The St. Louis News says that the rebellion has almost completely destroyed slavery as an institution in the State of Missouri, and remarks, “Such is the doom to which slavery in Missouri will have been brought by a rebellion undertaken avowedly for its support; and the people will have to consider whether their State shall continue to linger in this helpless and injurious transition attitude for generations to come, by keeping the ghost of slavery on the statute book, or whether they will, by a definite decision, throw the skeleton to the ground, and thereby open the door to an immigration that will double their population and incalculably multiply their wealth.”  Truly revolutions never go backward; and here we see their result, though an indirect one, of the mighty uprising of the North which occurred on the rebel of the Missouri compromise.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, March 27, 1862, p. 2

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