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What has the North to do with Slavery? (1838)

This an abridged version of an article titled “What has the North to do with Slavery?” that appeared in The Colored American in February, 1838. The Colored American, with Samuel E. Cornish as editor. The new motto was RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTETH A NATION, and the paper was “...designed to be the organ of Colored Americans—to be looked on as their own, and devoted to their interests.

What has the North to do with Slavery?

How often is this question asked by citizens of the free states of this union? Alas, this question is not unfrequently asked, by the professed followers of the holy Jesus. Our heart bleeds within us, when we read of the cruel sufferings, the despair, the brutality and the hopeless miseries, to which millions of our brethren, made of the same blood and by the same God, are subjected in the Southern states of this Republic.

How would the ambassadors of Christ warn the people, and wrestle with God for deliverance from the crying sin?

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The poor, tortured, naked, starved, and neglected slave, is our brother; a creature of God, possessed of a soul like ours and for which Christ bled and died: and shall not WE CHRISTIANS, the professed followers of Christ, care for him?

The following extracts are from a tract, entitled “why work for the slave?”

The testimony of Gen. Eaton. In a letter to his wife, dated April 6, 1799, he speaks thus of the white slaves in the Barbary States:

Many of them have died of grief, and the others linger out a life less tolerable than death. Alas! remorse seizes my whole soul, when I reflect, that this is indeed but a copy of the barbarity which my eyes have seen in my own native country.

Indeed, truth and justice demand from me the confession that the Christian slaves among the barbarians of Africa are treated with MORE HUMANITY, than the African slaves among the professing Christians of civilized America.

The following is from the Rutherford Gazette, a paper printed in the western part of North Carolina, and copied in the Southern Citizen, of Sept. 23, 1837:

Suicide. The negro woman, (Lucy) confined in our jail as a runaway, put an end to her existence on the 28th ult. by hanging herself. Her master came to this place the day on which it occurred, and going to the jail, was recognized by the woman as her master. He had left the jail but a short time when it was discovered that the woman had destroyed herself. We have never known an instance where so much firmness was exhibited by any person, as was by this negro. The place from which she suspended herself was not high enough to prevent her feet from touching the floor, and it was only by drawing her legs up and remaining in that position, that she succeeded in her determined purpose.

Source: The Colored American, February 17, 1838

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