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Frederick Douglass

Morgan Booth and TaylorAnne Barry

Every year brings with it multitudes of this class

of slaves. It was doubtless in consequence of a knowl-

edge of this fact, that one great statesman of the

south predicted the downfall of slavery by the in-

evitable laws of population. Whether this prophecy

is ever fulfilled or not, it is nevertheless plain that a

very different-looking class of people are springing up

at the south, and are now held in slavery, from those

originally brought to this country from Africa; and

if their increase do no other good, it will do

away the force of the argument, that God cursed

Ham, and therefore American slavery is right. If the

lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scriptur-

ally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south

must soon become unscriptural; for thousands are

ushered into the world, annually, who, like myself,

owe their existence to white fathers, and those fa-

thers most frequently their own masters.