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This was the passage South Carolina was the main instigator to have removed from the Declaration of Independence before they or two other states would sign it. Some recorded the two other states would sign this as is if South Carolina did.

      He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he has obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed again the Liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.

     Please keep in mind that slavery of all races was the norm of all of human history. Up to one half of all peoples born were slaves of others. It was not until these times, when men armed with the Word of God were finally starting to throw off the despotism that ruled the world in perpetuity that this issue of legal human slavery could even hope to be addressed. The King of England was forcing slavery upon colonies that had banned it. This was part of the reason for the break from England in the first place. The founders of the nation simply didn't have the power to fight a war against a superpower without all the states being allied. If it were not for another superpower aiding them, France, they would have lost as it was. Most of the founders wanted to ban it here and now, many of the leading figures were part of the abolition  movement. The issue of legal human slavery would have to be addressed at a later date. Those, the majority who wanted it banned simply didn't have the power to do so at this time. Abraham Lincoln pointed this out in his debates against Democrats while running for office:

      At the seventh and last debate in Alton, Mr. Lincoln quoted from a speech he had made in Springfield on June 26, 1857: "Allow me while upon this subject briefly to present one other extract from a speech of mine, more than a year ago, at Springfield, in discussing this very same question, soon after Judge Douglas took his ground that negroes were not included in the Declaration of Independence: I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not mean to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all men were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness in what they did consider all men created equal — equal in certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This they said, and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet, that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. They mean to set up a standard maxim for free society which should be familiar to all: constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people, of all colors, everywhere.

© Daniel Martinovich 2015

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