Job Opportunity: Slavery

"Gentlemen on this floor [Congress], and in the Senate, had repeatedly, during this
discussion, asserted that slavery was a moral, political, and personal blessing; that the
slave was free from care, contented, happy, fat, and sleek. Comparisons have been
instituted between slaves and laboring freemen, much to the advantage of the condition
of slavery. Instances are cited where the slave, after having tried freedom, had
voluntarily returned to resume his yoke. Well, if this be so, let us give all a chance to
enjoy this blessing. Let the slaves, who choose, go free; and the free, who choose,
become slaves. If these gentlemen believe there is a word of truth in what they preach,
the slaveholder need be under no apprehension that he will ever lack bondsmen. Their
slaves would remain, and many freemen would seek admission into this happy
condition. Let them be active in propagating their principles. We will not complain if
they establish societies in the South for that purpose -- abolition societies to abolish
freedom. Nor will we rob the mails to search for incendiary publications in favor of
slavery, even if they contain seductive pictures, and cuts of those implements of
happiness -- handcuffs, iron yokes and cat-o'-nine-tails." Selected Papers of Thaddeus
Stevens, Vol. 1, by Beverly Wilson Palmer and Holly Byers Ochoa, page 117
I Read It In The Newspaper

In a vote on the Speaker of the House, Steven voted for Gilmer of North Carolina, one
of the largest slave owners in Congress. Taken to task for this vote, Stevens said, the
reason for his vote was contained in a newspaper article in his hand. He sent the paper
to the clerk's desk to be read. The clerk looked at it and announced that it was printed
in German and he did not read German. "Well," said Stevens. "Then I postpone my
remarks until the clerk can read it." Great Leveler, by Thomas Frederick Woodley, page
194
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