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Gideon and Nathan

Frederick Douglas

It has a natural, an inevitable tendency to

brutalize every noble faculty of man. An American

sailor, who was cast away on the shore of Africa,

where he was kept in slavery for three years, was, at

the expiration of that period, found to be imbruted

and stultified -- he had lost all reasoning power; and

having forgotten his native language, could only ut-

ter some savage gibberish between Arabic and Eng-

lish, which nobody could understand, and which

even he himself found difficulty in pronouncing. So

much for the humanizing influence of the domestic

instutution!"