Strangely Inconsistent

Cayenne Victor Schoelcher statue by Louis-Ernest BarriasSamuel B. Wylie, The Two Sons of Oil, pages 49-50, on the American Constitution:

“Is it not strangely inconsistent, that the constitution, the paramount law of the land, should declare all men to be free, and the laws pretended to be constitutional, doom a certain portion of them to hopeless bondage, and subject them to the wanton barbarity of savage and [xvi] inhuman masters, who, in many instances, treat their brutes with more tenderness?”

Source: http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/findley-observations-on-the-two-sons-of-oil-lf-ed#lf4127_footnote_nt026

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