Prairie Science is a progressive journal of culture and politics.
“Edwin A. Pollard of Virginia in his book Black Diamonds called for the African slave trade to be made lawful; then Negroes fresh from the jungles could be sold in Southern seaports at $100 to $150 a head. ’The poor man might then hope to own a negro.’ Senator James H. Hammond, son of a Connecticut Yankee who had emigrated to South Carolina, told the North: ‘Our slaves are hired for life and well compensated. Yours are hired by the day, not cared for, and scantily compensated…Why, you meet more beggars in one day in the city of New York than you would meet in a lifetime in the whole South…Your Slaves are white, of your own race. Our slaves do not vote. Yours do vote…If they knew that the ballot box is stronger than an army of bayonets, and could combine, where would you be? Your society would be reconstructed, your government overthrown, your property divided.’”
–Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years (One-Volume Edition) by Carl Sandburg. p. 157
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