Excerpt from Slavery Its Origin, Influence, and Destiny There are ne who deny that slavery, in some way, and in some sense, is the principal cause of our civil war. For they who - abroad or at home - allege that it is caused by the actual and profound diversity between the two sections of the country as to their interests, their habits, and their character, do t deny that this diversity springs mainly from the existence of slavery in one only of the parties. And they who account for it by the angry and persistent vehemence of abolitionism, will t deny that if there were slavery to be abolished there could be abolitionism. It is t however worth while to use many words in proving a fact, which the map of our country demonstrates. But if it be certain that slavery in some way is the central cause of the civil war, it is by means certain how, or why, this cause has produced this effect. If I offer for consideration the views I hold on this subject, it is because in this country public opinion is a sovereign power, and the humblest effort to introduce into this opinion what seems to the offerer an element of truth, may at least be pardoned. What then is Slavery? Its foundation is the power of controlling any man without his consent and concurrence. The absolute ownership by one man of ather man as it exists at the South, is only the perfection and consummation of this principle. There are cases where immaturity demands guidance, or crime deserves punishment. Putting these cases aside, wherever this principle exists and operates, and in whatever degree it exists, there is that which may be called the essence of Slavery. We are accustomed to confine the name to absolute ownership. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.