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The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 32. 1872. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2003/show/1998.

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(1872). The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 32. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2003/show/1998

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Title The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament
Alternative Title The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament. (Debate in the Cortes.); Extracts from speeches made by Senores Diaz Quintero, Benot, Salmeron and others
Contributor (Local)
  • Macías, Juan M.
Publisher Anglo-American Times Press
Date 1872
Description Contributor roles: Macías, Juan Manuel (editor)
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Politics and government
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Cuba
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 32 pages; 21 cm
Original Item Location F1785.M16 1872
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304410~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Public Domain
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Transcript 'V v 30 exists no valid argument, no plausible reason, to urge in favour of the continuance of slavery for a more or less limited time. If justice, morality, charity, and humanity condemn it, political advisability cannot be invoked in its aid; it would, indeed, be a horrible sarcasm to eite a time-serving patriotism to justify it, and a flagrant farce to have recourse to the well-worn and untenable excuse of vested interests created under the shadow of an unhappy law. It is sufficient to fix the attention on the long series of years which has elapsed since the Spanish Government declared traffic or trade in slaves illegal and punishable in our colonial possessions ; to know that, as a matter of right, the abolition of slavery ought to be counted in the number of accomplished facts. What slavemaster, the absolute lord and owner of rational creatures, can now allege a just title of property over them as he can over the lands which they water with their tears and fructify with their blood ? It is already time, gentlemen, that a Spanish Parliament should put an end to such injustice, and look to the honour of our country, so soiled by the foul blot of slavery, which is now being carried on with more hypocrisy than boldness, although the spirit remains the same. The undersigned, animated by the most noble and humane sentiments, pray the Congress so to do, and trust that on this occasion their desires may be consummated by the votes of the Deputies, who will destroy for ever the odious bonds of slavery, in which thousands of rational beings are groaning, victims of brute force and the most shameful and criminal traffic which the monster of greed and cupidity has ever invented. "Malaga, 1st November, 1872." (Here follow the signatures.) On the 20th November, 1872, Senor Labra presented the following petition, signed by all the provincial Deputies of the Province of Valencia and a large number of the principal inhabitants of the city : " To the Cortes,—A black spot stains the escutcheon of Spain, a horrible shadow sullies the sun of our glory—man plundered by man slavery, which, to the disgrace of our annals, still stalks through the Antilles, carrying on its bare back the scourge marks of the master shame to Spain—shame to a people which calls itself free. A free people, which whips a man slave! And if this be a crying iniquity, which reason condemns, and at which our soul shudders, how much more iniquitous, how much more strange, is it when the nation which permits it boasts of being ruled by liberal institutions and a liberal Government. The law of 1870 is said to be nearly emancipation. Fortunately the law is a temporary one, which has never been carried out, but it contains a promise of a definite Act of Abolition, and the same promise was made formally by the Government during the Regency. It is time, therefore, that these promises were fulfilled,