Black Abolitionist Archive
Title: Thomas Cole
Speaker or author: Cole, Thomas, fl. 1837-1838
Newspaper or publication: Liberator
The speaker pointed out that the history of slavery is not about enslaving black people, but about enslaving those considered unable to defend off a "domineering spirit" that often manifests in mankind. He notes that the southern states had entered the union based on a compromise stating that slavery would be temporary. The abolitionist movement had come from Virginia as a response to this. At this point, the system of slavery was firmly in place based on economics, not on race.
Description of file(s): PDF 3 page, 693 word document (text and images)
Date published: 1838
People: Madison, James