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A Humbug (Copperhead claim re slaves a lie), 1864

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The Copperhead address asserts that if Slavery should be abolished, the state will lose forty or fifty million dollars worth of assessable property. The falsity of this assertion is transparent upon a moment’s reflection. The rebellion has already destroyed the intrinsic value of three fourths of all this property, and the remainder will rot away in the course of a very short time. Will the slaveholders, who were sharp enough to have it assessed at less than half its value, when they controlled the legislation of the State, continue to pay taxes upon it after it has become valueless? — Certainly not, and it will disappear from the Assessment books as rapidly as frost when the sun shines upon it. We have lost our interest in Slave property, and as prudent men we should endeavor to make it up by enhancing the value of a11 other kinds of property. This Emancipation has done in every other State, and will do for us in a thousand different ways. Who but a rebel sympathiser would hug to his bosom the carcass of Slavery in Maryland, when Free Constitutions are being adopted in States a thousand miles South of us?


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Slaves and Free Blacks, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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