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Summary Of George Fitzhugh 's ' The Slave State Of Virginia ' Essay

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Slavery Justified I, George Fitzhugh, was born in the slave state of Virginia and I am in support of slavery. As a lawyer, painter, and political writer, I became an advocate for the movement referred to as the “Reactionary Enlightenment” of the antebellum American South. With two books and countless journals and pamphlets defending the Slave South, my thoughts on not only the legalization of slavery, but also the expansion of it is unique at a time when the abolition movement had gained momentum. Not only do I not believe in the justification of the Constitutional argument, I rather champion the idea of forgoing the idea of Negro inferiority and insisting that anyone of any race could become a slave if caught early enough in their childhood. I argue that 1 in 20 people are unable to govern themselves. My rhetoric is one that rejects capitalism and is in favor of a socialist economy. I believe there is the need for the South to diversify her economy from an agricultural one to an industrial one to advance the South’s economy and education all with the labor of slaves. One of the most prominent aspects of my argument is that I champion a society, a world in fact, based on slavery; not a race based slavery but the institution in general. In fact, I believe that a defense of slavery in racial terms is absurd. It is evident that for the effective economic growth of any society, some people need be enslaved because of the labor that is required to build, establish and
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