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How did white southerners defend the institution of slavery from the 1820s through the...
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White Southerners defended the institution of slavery on a number of fronts. They said that it was necessary and they said that it was not forbidden, but they also argued that it was a positive good.
Southerners argued that slavery was an economic necessity. They argued that there was no way to get anyone to do the sort of labor that was needed for tobacco (and later cotton) cultivation without coercing them. They argued that slavery was therefore completely necessary for the Southern economy.
The Southerners also argued that there was no reason to think that slavery was immoral. They looked to at least three sources to support this claim. First, they looked to Biblical times. They noted that there was slavery in the Old Testament and the New Testament and that Jesus never spoke against the practice. Second, they looked at classical antiquity. They argued that the Greeks and the Romans had slaves even as they were the source of Western civilization. Finally, they looked to the time of the Founding Fathers. They noted that the people who wrote the Constitution had slaves. With all of these examples in mind, they argued that there was no reason to think slavery was wrong.
Finally, they argued that slavery was a positive good. They argued that slaves were better off than “free” laborers in the North. They said slaves were cared for even when they were too sick or too old to work. This was in contrast to wage laborers in the North.
In these ways, Southern whites defended the institution of slavery.
Posted by pohnpei397 on December 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM (Answer #1)
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