Author: Charles James Faulkner


The Speech of Charles Jas. Faulkner, (Of Berkeley) in the House of Delegates of Virginia, on the Policy of the State with Respect to Her Slave Population. (January 14, 1832)

In this speech, dated January 14, 1832, Delegate Charles Faulkner states his position in the House of Delegate debates on the future of slavery. According to Brent Tarter, Faulkner “described slavery as an inherited evil institution that retarded economic development and endangered the safety of white people. He endorsed a plan of gradual emancipation that he hoped would not infringe on the property rights of enslavers. Indeed, he enslaved people until the Civil War. His address was published as a pamphlet (with the incorrect date in the title).”