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Bible view of slavery, by John H. Hopkins, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, examined Paperback – January 1, 1863

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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1863)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429711019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429711012
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 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: #8,480,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barrie W. Bracken on August 11, 2008
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"For myself I am ready to renew my pledge--and I will venture to speak also in behalf of my co-workers,--that we go straight on, without faltering or wavering, until every vestige of oppression shall be erased from the statute book:--until the sun in all his journey from the utmost eastern horizon, through the mid-heaven, till he sinks beyond the western mountains into his ocean bed, shall not behold, in all our broad and glorious land, the foot print of a single slave." Salmon Portland Chase made this pledge in 1845. Many of us wish we could claim that all reasonable men in the North felt this way, but there were many who did not share these noble sentiments. I've read many works on the relation of slavery and religion, but this was new to me. Moses Stuart, the northern divine who pled for slavery is well known and there are many rebuttals to his works. I was surprised how many objected to this writing. Then I read this sixteen page pamphlet --over three days. This is a terrible work. Probably the worst I've ever read. It is also something that should be read by every person interested in slavery, civil rights, political thought of the 19th century America and the history of religion.

The work was commissioned by The Society for the Diffusion of Political Knowledge, so this is technically a political work written around 1862. That is after the Civil War began and before the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It is political because the author enlightens the reader on the uselessness and hypocrisy of the Declaration of Independence. First, he proves that no man is equal to another, the Creator never issued unalienable rights, the wording in the beginning is dangerous hyperbole.
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