Tm: work which the writer here presents to the public is one which has been written with no pleasure, and with much pain.
In fictitious writing, it is possible to find refuge from the hard and the terrible, by inventing scenes and characters of a more pleasing nature. No such resource is open in a work of fact; and the subject of this work 1s one on which the truth, if told at all, must needs be very dreadful. There 13 no bright side to slavery, as such. Those scenes which are made bright by the generosity and kindness of masters and mistresses, would be brighter still if the element of slavery were withdrawn. There is nothing picturesque or beautiful, in the family attachment of old servants, which is not to be found in countries where these servants are legally free. The tenants on an Eng lish estate are often more fond and faithful than if they were slaves. Slavery, therefore, is not the element which forms the picturesque and beautiful of Southern life. What is peculiar to slavery, and distinguishes it from free servitude, is evil, and only evil, and that continually.
In preparing this work, it has grown much beyond the author's original design. It has so far overrun its limits that she has been obliged to omit one whole department, that of the characteristics and developments of file colored race in various countries and circumstances. This is more properly the subject for a volume and she hopes that such an one will soon be prepared by a friend to whom she has transferred her materials.
The author desires to express her thanks particularly to those legal gentlemen who have given her their assistance and support in the legal part of the discussion. She also desires to thank those, at the North and at the South, who have kindly furnished materials for her use. Many more have been supplied than could possibly be used. The book is actually selected out of a mountain of materials.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Published Date - August 28 2019
ISBN - 9780332348124
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Page Count - 266
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