Bible Defence of Slavery; or the Origin, History, and Fortunes of the Negro Race, Josiah Priest, 1852

Defending Slavery

As the national debate over slavery intensified, many of its defenders claimed Biblical justification. The contention that blacks were elevated and “civilized” by being brought from Africa in bondage to America was central to the proslavery argument. Scores of books and pamphlets defending slavery were published in the years leading up to the Civil War.