It was difficult to mitigate the horror and brutality of the institution of slavery alone, but if I had to grab at straws and come up with some postive spin, I could argue that being a slave on some plantations, depending on the owner and the type of work they did, was not as bad as others. Thought tenuous and vulnerable, plantation slaves still had a family life, and were not prohibited from Christianity. It's a stretch though, isn't it?
Of course, being a slave on a plantation was not good. But if you had to argue that it was, you could say:
- It offered security. You knew that at least someone would take care of you when you were sick and when you got old. You would never need to worry about finding a job. You could argue that this was better than wage labor in those days. I wouldn't agree, but you could argue that.
- It put you among other people like you. You could at least be a member of a community of people who were in your same situation. You could take comfort from being with them. That would make it better than being a slave on a small farm with only a few slaves.