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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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in the South, even as its own hills arise and enable
me to breathe across its plain of sand its bracing
atmosphere of the hills, which will yet become
to the people of the South what Moses and Joseph
were to the children of Israel; for when one
speaks of the slave race of the South, it is a
mistake to imply merely the blacks. It is also unjust
to think of the Southern States as a population
composed solely of slaves and slave owners. Of
a truth, there exists a free people even in the
Southern slave States, who are silently laboring
in the work of emancipation. And though they
may be but a small number, “doubt not, little
flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to
give you the kingdom!”

The more I see of these colored people, the
more my curiosity and interest are aroused; not
that I see among the negroes anything great,
anything which makes them superior to the whites.
I cannot divest my mind of the idea that they are,
and must remain, inferior as regards intellectual
capacity. But they have peculiar and unusual
gifts. Their moral sense is, it seems to me, as
pure and delicate as their musical perception;
their sensibility is acute and warm, and their good
temper and cheerful disposition are evidently
characteristic gifts of nature, or more correctly,
gifts of God. They may not be original in

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