In The South Vindicated from the Treason and Fanaticism of the Northern Abolitionists, why is slavery seen as a positive institution, especially compared with industrial workers in the North?

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The South Vindicated, published in 1836, was one of a flurry of proslavery pamphlets and books published in the antebellum period. Essentially, it was a response to the abolitionist critique raised by such men as William Lloyd Garrison, whose newspaper, The Liberator, was beginning to gain traction in the North. William Drayton, the author of The South Vindicated , was a Charleston politician who derived much of his wealth from slavery, and his defense of the institution was similar to many others by such writers as William Fitzhugh and politicians like John C. Calhoun and William Henry Hammond. One of many points Drayton raised was a comparison between the condition of the enslaved in the South and mill and factory workers in the North. He argued that labor in the North was done by "the poor," who suffered from "poverty and anxiety"...

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