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THE

WRONG OF SLAVERY

THE RIGHT OF EMANCIPATION

AND

THE FUTURE OF THE AFRICAN RACE

:IN THE UNITED STATES.

BY

ROBERT DALE OWEN.

"Over the entire surface of the globe the races who compel others to labor,

without laboring themselves, fall to decay.”—Cochin.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.

1864.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by

JOB:LIPPINCOTT & CO. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern

District of .Renpsylyanja

PREFACE.

It is little more than three years since the first insurgent gun was fired against Fort Sumter: three years, as we reckon time; a generation, if we calculate by the stirring events and far-reaching upheavals that have been crowded into the eventful months.

Things move fast in days like these. War changes the legal relations of the combatants. War, in its progress, presents unlooked-for aspects of affairs, brings upon us necessities, opens up obligations. The rebellion—creator and teacher as well as scourge and destroyer--confers new rights, discharges from old bonds, imposes bounden duties.

Great questions come to the surface,-questions of national policy, demanding solution. In deciding some of these, we find little aid from precedent; for our condition as a nation is, to a certain extent, unprecedented.

We have been trying an experiment that never was tried in the world before. We have been trying to maintain a democratic government over thirty millions of people, of whom twenty millions existed under one system, industrial and social, ten millions under

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