Negroes and Negro "slavery." The First an Inferior Race: The Latter Its Normal Condition (Google eBook)

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Van Evrie, Horton, 1863 - African Americans - 339 pages
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Page 221 - These things being so, it obviously follows that negro " education" must be oral and verbal, or, in other words, that the negro should be placed in the best position possible for the development of his imitative powers — to call into action that peculiar capacity for copying the habits, mental and moral, of the superior Caucasian. It may be said that aH mental instruction is through the imitative capacity, or that our own children are thus educated, but the negro mind, in essential respects, is...
Page 93 - Negro is thus sufficient to demonstrate the specific character, or to show the diversity of race, that great fact is still more obviously and with equal certainty revealed in the form, attitude, and other external qualities. The Negro is incapable of an erect or direct perpendicular posture. The general structure of his limbs, the form of the pelvis, the spine, the way the head is set on the shoulders, in short, the tout ensemble of the anatomical formation forbids an erect position. But while the...
Page 97 - Cuba, or anywhere in his natural state, is quite as likely to squat on his hams as to stand on his feet. Thus, an anatomist with the negro and ourangoutang before him, after a careful comparison, would say, perhaps, that nature herself had been puzzled where to place them, and had finally compromised the matter by giving them an exactly equal inclination to the form and attitude of each other.
Page 258 - God has adapted him, both in his physical and mental structure, to the tropics. . . . His head is protected from the rays of a vertical sun by a dense mat of woolly hair, wholly impervious to its fiercest heats, while his entire surface, studded with innumerable sebaceous glands, forming a complete excretory system, relieves him from all those climatic influences so fatal, under the same circumstances, to the sensitive and highly organized white man. Instead of seeking to shelter himself from the...
Page 71 - lova each ether," and " do unto others as you would have them do unto you," that is, " grant to others the rights claimed for yourselves," but while they often lived together, owning things in common like the modern communists and socialists, perhaps not one in a million ever thought of applying their doctrines to the state, or even supposing for a moment that the artificial distinctions which separated classes could ever be altered or modified.
Page 253 - ... Undoubtedly, all these factors combined to increase the occurrence of respiratory illness among southern blacks. The most serious nonfatal manifestation of cold intolerance was frostbite. At least one proslavery apologist claimed that the Negro race was more susceptible than whites to this condition: "Almost every one has seen negroes in Northern cities, who have lost their legs by frost at sea — a thing rarely witnessed among whites, and yet where a single negro has been thus exposed doubtless...
Page 58 - ... they are abstractions and purely matters of faith that can never be brought to the test of physical demonstration, or to the standard of material fact, but the question of race — the fact of distinct, races or rather the existence of species of Caucasian, Mongols, Negroes, etc., are physical facts, subject to the senses, and it is beyond the control of the will to refuse assent to their actual presence. Can a man, by taking thought, add a cubit to his stature...
Page 94 - His head is thrown upwards and backwards, showing a certain though remote approximation to the quadruped both in its actual formation and the manner in which it is set on his shoulders. The narrow forehead and small cerebrum — the centre of the intellectual powers — and the projection of the posterior portion • — the centre of the animal functions — render the negro head radically and widely different from that of the white man.
Page 221 - Africa — their traditions, language, religion, even their names hav« wholly disappeared. The Normans conquered the Saxons eight centuries ago, but the Saxon names, and even their language, are now as entirely Saxon as if a Norman had never landed on the shores of England. This blank, this feeble mental capacity and readiness of the negro nature to imitate the habits, bodily or mental, of the superior race, adapts the negro to his subordinate social position, and the purposes to which Providence...
Page 94 - Everyone must have remarked this peculiarity in the form and attitude of the Negro. His head is thrown upwards and backwards, showing a certain though remote approximation to the quadrumana, both in its actual formation and the manner in which it is set on his shoulders. The narrow forehead and small cerebrum — the centre of the intellectual powers, and the projection of the posterior portion, — the centre of the animal functions, render the Negro head radically and widely different from that...

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