Narrative of the Life of J.D. Green, a Runaway Slave, from Kentucky eBook

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South demanded the slave trade or importation of Africans for the cultivation of our lands, did they not yield the right for twenty years?  When we asked a three-fifths representation in congress for our slaves was it not granted?  When we asked and demanded the return of any fugitive from justice, or the recovery of those persons owing labor and allegiance, was it not incorporated in the constitution, and again ratified and strengthened in the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.  But do you reply that in many instances they have violated this compact and have not been faithful to their engagements?  As individual and local communities they may have done so; but not by the sanction of government for that has always been true to Southern interest.  Again, gentleman, look at another fact, when we have asked that more territory should be added, that we might spread the institution of slavery, have they not yielded to our demands in giving us Louisiana, Florida, and Texas out of which four States have been carved and ample territory for four more to be added in due time, if you by this unwise and impolitic act do not destroy this hope and perhaps, by it lose all, and have your last slave wrenched from you by stern military rule, as South America and Mexico were; or by the vindictive decree of a universal emancipation, which may reasonably be expected to follow.  But, again, gentlemen, what have we to gain by this proposed change of our relation to the general government?  We have always had the control of it, and can yet, if we remain in it and are as united as we have been.  We have had a majority of the presidents chosen from the South, as well as the control and management of most of those chosen from the North.  We have had sixty years of Southern presidents to their twenty-four, thus controlling the executive department.  So of the judges of the Supreme Court, we have had eighteen from the South, and but eleven from the North; although nearly four-fifths of the judicial business has arisen in the Free States, yet a majority of the court has always been from the South.  This we have required so as to guard against any interpretation of the constitution unfavourable to us.  In like manner we have been equally watchful to guard our interests in the legislative branch of government.  In choosing the presiding president (pro. tem.) of the Senate, we have had twenty-four to their eleven.  Speakers of the house we have had twenty-three, and they twelve.  While the majority of the representatives, from their greater population, have always been from the North, yet we have so generally secured the speaker, because he, to a greater extent, shapes and controls the legislation of the country.  Nor have we had less control in every other department of the general government.  Attorney-Generals we have had fourteen, while the North have had but five.  Foreign ministers we have had eighty-six and they but fifty-four.  While three-fourths of the business which demands
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