An Argument Against Slavery Being Good

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Oscar Himpflewitz
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~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
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Make no mistake: the southern states did not secede in order to protect the right own human chattel and the north did not fight to free the slaves. Abolition came about as a matter of political expedience and as a tool of war. For more on that issue, read the debates surrounding the passage of the Confiscation Acts. Very few outside the vocal cadre of outspoken abolitionists were concerned with the plight of those of African descent.

On the social side, no one in the north, forget the south, wanted an influx of uneducated, homeless, angry former slaves with no income, no means of support and no marketable job skills into their neighborhoods. Lincoln himself wanted to settle freed slaves in colonies to be established for the purpose in uninhabited areas of Texas and Missouri, on Caribbean islands or in Indian Territory. He did NOT want them settling in Washington DC or in Illinois especially, or in any other white region generally.

In the north, with its ever increasing influx of immigrants, freed slaves were not a welcome prospect. The immigrants, especially the Irish, were despised and equated with the Africans as a sub-species not capable of participating in government and not entitled to rights of citizenship or equal protection of law and due process. Calhoun did not voice such sentiments as loudly as did the northern intelligentsia, but he did not hide his opinion either. For more one that aspect of
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