Anti-Slavery Distinction between persons and system

October 13, 1843

One of several “selections” from the Herkimer Journal,  includes an unsigned comment in which the writer quotes from a Mr. Janney, evidently from Loudon, Virginia.  Janney is quoted as saying, “It is not against the slaveholders, but against the system of domestic slavery that I am contending.”   The quote goes on to recognize the goodness within slaveholders, but distinquishes the “target”, as the system. …. “…every man who owns or hires a slave (however so well he may treat him) lends the weight of his influence and example to perpetuate a system, that in this country alone, condemns to ignorance and degradation nearly three millions of human beings.”

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