antedating (slavery-related) peculiar institutions (1829)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Sep 18 15:16:18 UTC 2007

So we still probably have not identified a coiner of "peculiar
institution".  But can anyone hypothesize who may have led it to become common?


At 9/18/2007 08:22 AM, Stephen Goranson wrote:
>ads-l archives has 1833
>(There are many earlier uses of "peculiar institution{s)," some of them
>political, some not, perhaps some of them including slavery and other
>Carolina Observer, (Fayetteville, NC) [Thursday], [January 01, 1829]; Issue
>[604]; page 1, col D. [19th C US Newspapers]
>     South Carolina
>PROTEST [against Taiff and the Federal Government, passed by the General
>8. Finally, because South Carolina, from her climate, situation, and peculiar
>institutions, is and must forever continue to be, wholly dependent upon
>agriculture and commerce, not only for her prosperity, and for her very
>existence as a state--because the abundant and valuable products of her
>soil--the blessings by which Divine Providence seems to have designed to
>compensate for the great disadvantages under which she suffers in other
>respects--are among the very few that can be cultivated by any profit by slave
>labor--and if by the loss of foreign commerce....
>Stephen Goranson
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