Pro-Slavery Thoughts from Hinton Rowan Helper (The Land of Gold Pages 221-222, 1855)

Pro-Slavery Thoughts from Hinton Rowan Helper (The Land of Gold Pages 221-222, 1855)

Pro-slavery thoughts from the, to be, author of “The Impending Crisis”

“Nicaragua can never fulfil its destiny until it introduces negro slavery. Nothing but slave labor can ever subdue its forests
or cultivate its untimbered lands. White men may live upon its soil with an umbrella in one hand and a fan in the other; but
they can never unfold or develop its resources. May we not safely conclude that negro slavery will be introduced into this
country before the lapse of many years? We think so. The tendency of events fully warrants this inference. The time may
come when negro slavery will no longer be profitable in the United States; and it is also possible that the descendants of
Ham may finally work their way beyond the present limits of our country. But if these fated people ever do make their exodus
from the hands of their present owners, they will find themselves journeying and toiling under the control of new masters,
in the fertile wildernesses and savannas nearer the equator. Louisiana and Texas may, at some future time far in the
future-find it to their interest to adopt the white slavery system of the North; but if negro slavery ever ceases to exist in
the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the countries still further South, will have to become its outlets and
receptacles. It would be no easy task to find a more feeble and ineffective population than that which now idles away
a miserable existence in Nicaragua. Nature is too bountiful to the inhabitants. It supplies them with every necessary
of life, and consequently there is no incentive to exertion or emulation. Countless fruits and nuts grow and ripen
spontaneously, and they have nothing to do but to eat them.”

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