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time, but who, for centuries, has lain bound and bleeding at the foot of civilized
and Christianized humanity, imploring compassion in vain.
But the heart of the dominant race, who have been her conquerors, her hard
masters, has at length been turned towards her in mercy; and it has been seen how
far nobler it is in nations to protect the feeble than to oppress them. Thanks be to
God, the world has at last outlived the slave-trade!
The object of these sketches is to awaken sympathy and feeling for the Afri-
can race, as they exist among us; to show their wrongs and sorrows, under a sys-
tem so necessarily cruel and unjust as to defeat and do away the good effects of
all that can be attempted for them, by their best friends, under it.
In doing this, the author can sincerely disclaim any invidious feeling towards
those individuals who, often without any fault of their own, are involved in the
trails and embarrassments of the legal relations of slavery.
Experience has shown her that some of the noblest of minds and hearts are
often thus involved; and no one knows better than they do, that what may be gath-
ered of the evils of slavery from sketches like these, is not the half that could be
told, of the unspeakable whole.
In the northern states, these representations may, perhaps, be thought carica-
tures; in the southern states are witnesses who know their fidelity. What personal
knowledge the author has had, of the truth of incidents such as here are related,
will appear in its time.