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The Contest in America

by (Prabhat Prakashan)

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The cloud which for the space of a month hung gloomily over the civilized world; black with far worse evils than those of simple war; has passed from over our heads without bursting. The fear has not been realized; that the only two first-rate Powers who are also free nations would take to tearing each other in pieces; both the one and the other in a bad and odious cause. For while; on the American side; the war would have been one of reckless persistency in wrong; on ours it would have been a war in alliance with; and; to practical purposes; in defence and propagation of; slavery. We had; indeed; been wronged. We had suffered an indignity; and something more than an indignity; which; not to have resented; would have been to invite a constant succession of insults and injuries from the same and from every other quarter. We could have acted no otherwise than we have done: yet it is impossible to think; without something like a shudder; from what we have escaped. We; the emancipators of the slave -- who have wearied every Court and Government in Europe and America with our protests and remonstrances; until we goaded them into at least ostensibly coöperating with us to prevent the enslaving of the negro -- we; who for the last half century have spent annual sums; equal to the revenue of a small kingdom; in blockading the African coast; for a cause in which we not only had no interest; but which was contrary to our pecuniary interest; and which many believed would ruin; as many among us still; though erroneously; believe that it has ruined; our colonies; -- we should have lent a hand to setting up; in one of the most commanding positions of the world; a powerful republic; devoted not only to slavery; but to pro-slavery propagandism -- should have helped to give a place in the community of nations to a conspiracy of slave-owners; who have broken their connection with the American Federation on the sole ground; ostentatiously proclaimed; that they thought an attempt would be made to restrain; not slavery itself; but their purpose of spreading slavery wherever migration or force could carry it.

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  • Publication Date: May 30, 2019
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 37 Pages
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