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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 06, 1861

Sermon Claimed Biblical Justification for Slavery

Indicative of the racial attitude across much of the South, a sermon was delivered in Augusta, Georgia on this day, claiming a Biblical justification for slavery. Here is an excerpt from the sermon:

… Now, we have already seen that the Holy Spirit employs words which He has intended to be understood as distinctly enunciating the existence of domestic servitude–that He has sent to all the world a volume of truth, which is indisputably addressed to men who hold slaves and to the slaves who possess masters–and that, from the connections in which these highly suggestive words occur, He has included slavery as an organizing element in that family order which lies at the very foundation of Church and State. …

The entire sermon can be read here.