The Black Man: His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements

The Black Man: His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements

The Black Man: His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements

The Black Man: His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements

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The calumniators and traducers of the Negro are to be found, mainly, among two classes. The first and most relentless are those who have done them the greatest injury, by being instrumental in their enslavement and consequent degradation. They delight to descant upon the “natural inferiority” of the blacks, and claim that we were destined only for a servile condition, entitled neither to liberty nor the legitimate pursuit of happiness. The second class are those who are ignorant of the characteristics of the race, and are the mere echoes of the first. To meet and refute these misrepresentations, and to supply a deficiency, long felt in the community, of a work containing sketches of individuals who, by their own genius, capacity, and intellectual development, have surmounted the many obstacles which slavery . . .

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