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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1851)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429745401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429745406
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,675,738 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 April 21, 2010
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Many people today find it hard to believe the church in the 19th century America accepted slavery as a good thing ordained by God. Why? How much other nonsense has been laid at God's doorstep? The author of this marvelous book is the only northern preacher praised by the pro-slavery rabble rouser Edmund Ruffin. Personally I think if Ruffin had read John Henry Hopkins he would approve of him also. The person who wrote this sermon was a northerner of the Presbyterian persuasion, one of the two denominations that did not split North and South according to Dr. Lord. Lord is not alone in his justification of slavery or his fears of a permanent disruption of the Union. He is not the only Northern cleric to use the Bible as justification for African slavery. The important point here is African.

We need to recognize the publication of this sermon is sponsored by the "Union Safety Committee." Many of the religious brethren in that day feard the split of the Union more than they hated slavery. John C. Lord would appear to be one of these. He did not believe the Negro, once freed, could remain in this white man's land and he advocated colonization in Africa. The African was condemned by the curse of Noah to the status of "servant of servants" and as such it was God's will, indeed God's law, that he be held in slavery in the land of the Anglo Saxons.

Lord is not fully dependent on the Old Testament to support slavery or the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. He is willing to quote Jesus who said give unto Ceasar that which is Ceasars. Fugitive slaves belonged to their masters as property and therefore must be returned.
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