Slavery seen as needed

The South was never more united on the subject of slavery than it is at present.  The time was, when many of us were accustomed to acknowledge that slavery is an evil, without attaching though any definite idea to the phrase; but of late years, we have been led by our affectionate Northern friends to examine the subject, and are now convinced that is sanctioned by the Bible, and just such an institution, in its social and political influence , as we need. — Christian Index.

                                                    (Liberator, Jan 8, 1847, pg 1)