Natural History of the Negro Race

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D. J. Dowling, 1837 - 162 pages

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Page 31 - They secrete less by the kidneys, and more by the glands of the skin, which gives them a very strong and disagreeable odor.
Page 31 - Comparing them by their faculties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me, that in memory they are equal to the whites; in reason much inferior, as I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid; and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.
Page 32 - Most of them indeed have been confined to tillage, to their own homes, and their own society: yet many have been so situated, that they might have availed themselves of the conversation of their masters; many have been brought up to the handicraft arts, and from that circumstance have always been associated with the whites. Some have been liberally educated, and all have lived in countries where the arts and sciences are cultivated to a considerable degree, and have had before their eyes samples...
Page 124 - Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you to inherit them for a possession ; they shall be your bondmen for ever : but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.
Page 31 - They are more ardent after their female; but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are transient.
Page 30 - And is this difference of no importance ? Is it not the foundation of a greater or less share of beauty in the two races? Are not the fine mixtures of red and white, the expressions of every passion by greater or less suffusions of color in the one, preferable to that eternal monotony which reigns in the countenances, that immovable veil of black which covers all the emotions of the other race...
Page 32 - The Indians, with no advantages of the kind, will often carve figures on their pipes, not destitute of design and merit. They will crayon out an animal, a plant, or a country, so as to prove the existence of a germ in their minds, which only wants cultivation.
Page xiii - Rome, we skim off the cream of other men's wits, pick the choice flowers of their tilled gardens to set out our own sterile plots. Castrant olios ut libros suos per se graciles alieno adipe suffarciant (so "Jovius inveighs.) They lard their lean books with the fat of others
Page 32 - In music they are more generally gifted than the whites with accurate ears for tune and time...
Page 31 - They are at least as brave, and more adventuresome. But this may perhaps proceed from a want of forethought which prevents their seeing a danger till it be present.

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