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A Discourse on the slavery question: delivered in the North Church, Hartford, Thursday evening, Jan, 10, 1839 Paperback – January 1, 1839


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  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1839)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429706376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429706377
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,125,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barrie W. Bracken on February 17, 2010
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Horace Bushnell was a pastor of an Episcopal church in Hartford, CT and many of its members were from the South or at least partial to the South. Imediately upon its publication the work was critiqued by a contemporary Review of the Rev. Horace Bushnell's Discourse on the slavery question: delivered in the North Church, Hartford, January 10, 1839, A In his review Gillette offers the following: "The ostensible design of the Discourse is no less than the utter overthrow and anihilation of modern abolitionism." This review could easily end right here.

Bushnell wrote of the need to protect the Union at all cost. Slavery was wrong but the South nor the Southerner should be condemned. Indeed the Bible did not condemn this costly institution. He addressed the Abolitionist brethren, "The destruction of slavery will be accomplished, either with you, or without you; or if you make it necessary, in spit of you....My expectation is that the African race, in this country, would soon dwindle toward extinction,...if emancipated. [pp. 11-12]" The increase in anti-slavery lectures is totally unnecessary. Ideally the ministry will replace the lecturers. It is safer to leave emancipation to the churches. Bushnell missed the boat here.

If you are very interested in Bushnell, buy this book. If not you can spend your money better with the work cited above by Francis Gillette. So why give this three stars? I am loath to give any source of ninteenth century writing less because it so wonderful to have a publisher like Cornell to supply us with these otherwise unattainable works. Without some strong reason to have it, I say forget it.
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