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Review of the Statement of the Faculty of Lane Seminary in Relation to the Recent Difficulties in that Institution
			
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bondage, of course slavery is no sin.  President Young assumes it 

as a truth that they are not, in their present state, capacitated for 

freedom, and that they ought to be held in servitude until pre-

pared for liberty.  But this is not self evident, and where is the proof?  

What are the qualifications necessary for freedom?  According to the 

laws of every State, all sane persons of sufficient bodily strenght to 

labor for support, or who have the means of it otherwise, are allowed 

to enjoy liberty.  This is the only safe rule, and according to it the 

colored people are capacitated for freedom.  To this we may add 

that there is talent and information enough among them to 

form and administer a good civil government, and better 

than most of those now in the world.  A number of settlements formed 

by the lowest grades of slaves give ample proof that they are 

capable of government, and that President Young's assumption is 

without foundation.  If they are not capable of freedom now, it is 

a plain case they never will be.  A gradual emancipation

			
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John Rankin Papers

Review of the Statement of the Faculty of Lane Seminary in Relation to the Recent Difficulties in that Institution


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