At the heart of the conflict between anti-slavery and pro-slavery thought lay two contrasting visions. For opponents of slavery, each individual must be free to dispose their labor power, whereas pro-slavery or defenders of slavery saw individual rights as particular and reserved for specific individuals. Discuss this dichotomy of thought and explain why there was such a gap between the two schools of thought and how race fits into this dichotomy.
There was such a gap between pro-slavery and anti-slavery schools of thought because pro-slavery leaders used religion and race to justify the social order of the South, while anti-slavery figures used religion to argue that every individual should be free, regardless of their skin color.
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