Native Races and the War

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In the midst of the manifold utterances and discussions on the burning question of to-day,-the War in South Africa,-there is one side of the subject which, it seems to me, has not as yet been considered with the seriousness which it deserves,-and that is the question of Slavery, and of the treatment of the native races of South Africa. Though this question has not yet in England or on the Continent been cited as one of the direct causes of the war, I am convinced,-as are many ...
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In the midst of the manifold utterances and discussions on the burning question of to-day,-the War in South Africa,-there is one side of the subject which, it seems to me, has not as yet been considered with the seriousness which it deserves,-and that is the question of Slavery, and of the treatment of the native races of South Africa. Though this question has not yet in England or on the Continent been cited as one of the direct causes of the war, I am convinced,-as are many others,-that it lies very near to the heart of the present trouble.
The object of this paper is simply to bring witnesses together who will testify to the past and present condition of the native races under British, Dutch, and Transvaal rule. These witnesses shall not be all of one nation; they shall come from different countries, and among them there shall be representatives of the native peoples themselves. I shall add little of my own to the testimony of these witnesses. But I will say, in advance, that what I desire to make plain for some sincere persons who are perplexed, is this,-that where a Government has established by Law the principle of the complete and final abolition of Slavery, and made its practice illegal for all time,-as our British Government has done,-there is hope for the native races;-there is always hope that, by an appeal to the law and to British authority, any and every wrong done to the natives, which approaches to or threatens the reintroduction of slavery, shall be redressed. The Abolition of Slavery, enacted by our Government in 1834, was the proclamation of a great principle, strong and clear, a straight line by which every enactment dealing with the question, and every act of individuals, or groups of individuals, bearing on the liberty of the natives can be measured, and any deviation from that straight line of principle can be exactly estimated and judged.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781495427398
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/8/2014
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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