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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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Letters of Fredrika Bremer

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 I"

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 crea-[131]

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