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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--RELIGION.) THORNWELL, JAMES HENLEY. The Rights and Duties of Masters, a Sermon Preached at the Dedication of a Church, Erected in Charleston, S.C. for the Benefit and Instruction of the Colored Population. 51 pages, bound in later marbled paper-covered boards with morocco label up the spine. Charleston, S.C.: Walker and James, 1850
'Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that ye also have a Master in Heaven.' Reverend Thornwell, a staunch defender of slavery not only defended the system, but defined the argument in the most extreme terms, calling the abolitionists 'atheists, socialists, communists, red republicans, [and] Jacobins' while the slave-owners were the 'friends of order and regulated freedom.' 1850 was the year of the Compromise, and a few months after this sermon was preached, the Fugitive Slave Law went into effect. Blockson, 9916; Afro-Americana, 10266.
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