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Professor Eastman inherits much of his great ability from his father, Mr. P. S. Eastman, a native of New Hampshire, and first cousin of the famous Daniel Webster. While not cultured man, he was possessed of strong common sense, while his mother, Miss Martha Hall (before her marriage), a native of Fayette County, Kentucky, was a woman of extraordinary ability, highly cultured and, to the time of her death, which occurred in her eighty-fifth year, her mind was clear and her intellectual powers had lost none of their force and brightness.
I will be pardoned for saying that I have seen much of the domestic life of the author of this work, and I take pleasure in saying that, as a son, husband, and father, duty and affection, tempered with wisdom, were, in each relation, beautifully displayed by this,
no common man.
If, in this new departure, the author exhibit the same broad scope of intelligence as has heretofore distinguished him, the work will not only be profoundly philosophical, but a literary gem as well.
J. M. McLEOD.
The intention of the author in writing this book has been to reveal and demonstrate beyond all question the origin of the negro; to trace his history from the beginning to the present, and to state what he believes to be the true solution of the "race problem."
The theory of Ham's being the progenitor of the negro race is not new; but it had fallen into discredit on account of the author's being unable to find him a negro wife; which, of course, would have made Ham the only full-blooded negro, his descendants being amalgamated; and the farther they were from the fountain head, the less of negro blood they would have, till, in a few generations, all negro blood would be extinct.
Our theory does not have this error to cripple it, as Ham really had a negress for a wife. Any one who can lay aside all preconceived opinions, and will read with care the first and second chapters of Genesis, and remember that the paragraph at the eighth verse of Chapter II. belongs to the seventh, where a recapitulation of the statements of the first chapter ends, will see that there were two creations of human beings—the first related in the first chapter of Genesis, where, from the start, they are created in pairs, and the second, in the second chapter where the male alone is created first and the woman was not created until some time later, after which they are spoken of as being created “male and female.”
This theory reconciles the Bible with itself (see Gen. VI.) and with facts of science.
It is unfortunate that so much space had to be given to a refutation of argument made by one Professor Carroll to prove that the negro is not a human being; but as his book had found extensive sales in the South, and had made many disciples to his teachings, and as it is as a whole, a direct attack upon truth and Christianity, we thought it necessary to remove such error from the minds of its readers before offering them the truth. Professor Carroll's at
tack upon Christianity alone is sufficient to warrant a correction.
We have not followed the negro through all the nations in which he has been enslaved, as his history is much the same in every land.
The solution we offer of the "race problem" is the result of much study and comparison of God's dealings with man in the carrying out of his great purposes and designs.
We have tried to deal justly with the negro race, showing alike their greatest depravity and their highest conditiòn of cultivation and learning.
We have stated sectional prejudices in the United States, as we think, truly and impartially; should the people of the South who read this book think us biased in favor of the North and the negro, let them remember that we have been raised and educated in the South from the age of five years, and love the people with whom we are surrounded. Should people of the North think we favor the South too much, Ict them remember we were born in the North, of northern parents, and many loved ones dwell in the snowy northland, closely related to us by blood.
We hope that all who read this book will give it a fair investigation both as to its arguments and its history; and if it shall prove a help to any in the solution of the difficult questions with which it deals we shall be thankful.
We desire to acknowledge the valued assistance rendered us by Dr. J. J. Coppedge in a critical read. ing of the manuscript of this book, and for most excellent suggestions, and other services.