The higher law or christ and his law supreme pamphlets on slavery smith l on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the higher law or christ and his law supreme pamphlets on slavery. 1851 slavery in its relation to god a review of rev dr lords thanksgiving sermon in favor of domestic slavery entitled the higher law in its application to the fugitive slave bill by minister of the gospel in massachusetts 1807 1895 available in print. The higher law must evidently determine us we must obey god rather than men the constitutional enactment is an immoral provision the law based thereon is an immoral law neither have any obligation upon the conscience they violate the higher law they annul the authority of the most high both must be then most decidedly rejected. According to historian avery o craven in 1950 the confederate states of america nation as a state power was created by secessionists in southern slave states who believed that the federal government was making them second class citizens and refused to honor their belief that slavery was beneficial to the negro. This theory of a higher law as the background for american consti tutional law in words on which i cannot improve there are certain principles of right and justice which are entitled to prevail of their own intrinsic excellence altogether regardless of the attitude of those who wield the physical resources of the com munity
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