The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 7 October 1852


SLAVERY IN THE SOUTHERN STATES. By a Carolinian. Cambridge: John Bartlett.

  This pamphlet was written in reply to the question, "What do you think of Uncle Tom's Cabin?" and is in substance simply a reiteration of the old cry of "exaggeration," "injustice," &c. The author constructs an elaborate analogical argument upon some of the collateral details of slavery, to the effect that, admitting this separation of families, whipping unto death, &c., (which Mrs. Stowe contends are inevitable consequences of the system,) to be facts, they are excusable and justifiable, inasmuch as other institutions involving an undue privilege of individual power, such as marriage manufacturing monopolies, &c., are subject to abuses just as criminal; and he sums up by declaring that the whole is a necessary result of the general defectiveness of mankind, and beyond the control of human legislation.

  The author is evidently a man of much more than ordinary intelligence and cultivation, and his book is as good a specimen as we have seen of the popular Southern argument, with the addition of a few original and ingenious variations.