An Argument Against Slavery Being Good

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Oscar Himpflewitz Best Answer - Chosen by Voters ~The full quote, taken out of context, is: " I hold that in the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding States between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good a positive good." ... "I hold then, that there never has yet existed a wealthy and civilized society in which one portion of the community did not, in point of fact, live on the labor of the other." ... Calhoun said it on February 6, 1837, is voicing his opposition to sending the issue of abolition to a Senate committee for study, noting that "The subject…show more content…
Read Thomas Jefferson's thoughts on that topic, as well as the treatises of any number of other academicians of the era. From pulpits in the north and south alike (as well as in Europe) those enlightened men of the cloth made it clear that the African race was put on earth by God to serve as the beast of burden of the white race and Man had no right to question, let alone interfere with, God's will. At one time or another, Calhoun voiced all of these ideas, as did many of his counterparts in the north. The quote of interest to you was uttered by Calhoun when he forewarned of the inherent danger of allowing Congress to consider an issue over which it had no right, authority or jurisdiction, and he warned that the concession of allowing such a debate, even in committee, could only exacerbate the growing sentiment for secession. His concern was not the abolition of slavery - he knew that Congress could not do that. His concern was the continuing and ever increasing encroachment of the federal government into areas that, as a matter of basic and fundamental constitutional law, were expressly reserved onto the states. He predicted as early as 1837 that if such encroachments continued unabated: "It is impossible under the deadly hatred which must spring up between the two great nations, if the present causes are permitted to operate unchecked, that we should continue under the same political system. The conflicting elements would burst the Union asunder, powerful as are
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