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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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introduction of slavery. In vain. England was then the
mother-country, and, carrying on the slave-trade,
required a market for her cargoes of
slaves, and commanded the young American
colonies to become this market. The selfishness
of the planters, the climate, and the productions
of southern North America, all assisted.
Thus was slavery introduced into the United
States. Climate, productions, and many other
causes continue to maintain it there,
until—something further.

I can not close this account to Your Majesty of
the life of the New World without saying a word
respecting the homes there. . . Probably that
which most distinguishes the home of the New
World from that of the Old is the dominant sway
which is assigned in it to woman. The rule of
the American man is to allow his wife to establish
the laws of home. He bows himself willingly
to her sceptre, partly from affection, partly from
the conviction that it is best and most just that
it should be so, and from chivalric politeness to
the sex; for the American believes that a something
divine, a something of a higher and more
refined nature, abides in woman. He loves to
listen to it and to yield to it in all the questions of
the inner life. He loves to place his partner in
life higher than himself. . . .

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