The South Is Seen As A Romanticize Version Of The United States

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Mid-Term Exam #3 The South is seen as a romanticize version of the United States. A place where virtue, honor, and strong religious morals were upheld in common society. However, the recurring themes that the South would have the role of being the ongoing rebel against most national policies that gave any sign of hindering their way of life, the concept of individualism, yet keeping its own societal identity. From the Revolutionary War onwards, the South has been developed as the shining example of what an American should be like. Slavery was a huge attribute of Southern society, though looked down upon by the world, it was practiced and eagerly defended by political logic and religious zeal. One argument is made from a Senator from New York, James Henry Hammond, in his speech to Congress, “The difference between us is, that our slaves are hired for life and well compensated; there is no starvation, no begging, no want of employment among our people, and not too much employment either.” (Hammond Speech to Congress 1858 pr. 2) This was used to not only show how the treatment of slaves in the South received proper treatment through nourishment and a place to live, but to also criticize the industrial working system that is practiced throughout the world, especially in the North, detailing how workers are easily replaced if an accident were to take place and that they were never properly compensated for their labors. This gave the idea that slavery is a just practice…
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