"[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. 1,2
bullet "There is not one verse in the Bible inhibiting slavery, but many regulating it. It is not then, we conclude, immoral."
Rev. Alexander Campbell
bullet "The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example." Rev. R. Furman, D.D., Baptist, of South Carolina
bullet "The hope of civilization itself hangs on the defeat of Negro suffrage." A statement by a prominent 19th-century southern Presbyterian pastor, cited by Rev. Jack Rogers, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
bullet "The doom of Ham has been branded on the form and features of his African descendants. The hand of fate has united his color and destiny. Man cannot separate what God hath joined." United States Senator James Henry Hammond. 3
In the nineteenth century many learned men cited the Bible to justify the enslavement of blacks. Today, this discourse has become obsolete. I believe in the curse that Noah released the Ham, but I do not think legitimate to enslave people because of the color of their skin. (Text of the scribe Valdemir Mota de Menezes)