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Perault, or Slaves and their Masters
This is a multi-part article taken from Tait's Edinburgh Magazine c1843.


The daring attempt of Perault and his companions, to free themselves from slavery, must still be fresh in the minds of many of the citizens of South Carolina; nor is it likely to be soon forgotten in any slave-holding State. Although little may be heard within the bounds of the slave-holding States of North America, of the mental fiscal ties of the negro race, facts oft-times occur, which show that the blacks are gifted with higher talents than they are generally allowed to possess. Of this the Insurrection planned, a few years back, by Perault, a negro slave in Charleston, afforded a striking example; and the ringleaders of that deep-laid plot were allowed, on all hands, to have displayed an elevation of mind, and a heroic fortitude, worthy of the best cause. That insurrection is the subject of the following tale, descriptive of the character, manners, and feelings of Slaves and their Masters.

It is left to the reader to reconcile the existing institutions of the slave-holding States of America with the following clauses in their Declaration of Independence, dated the 4th July, 1776:—“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all mankind are created equal—that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights—that amongst these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted amongst men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right in the people to alter or abolish it..... When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for future security."

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