America had slaves for a couple hundred years. Britain and France had them for far longer.
less than 5% of southern whites owned slaves and yet the apologists want to blame every white alive today for slavery. and then they wonder why racism still exists.The 1850 census also determined that there were fewer than 385,000 individuals who owned slaves (1). Even if all slaveholders had been white, that would amount to only 1.4 percent of whites in the country (or 4.8 percent of southern whites owning one or more slaves).
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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
In reality, the north and the south by and large at that time didn't give a **** about the slaves. The South wanted them counted as a whole person, not because they were admitting their humanity or their status as equals, but because it would help give them more voting power. Likewies, the North wasn't arguing that they SHOULDN'T be counted because they hated slaves, but because they cared about their own power and counting slaves would reduce it.
The 3/5th's compromise had nothing to do with either side giving a damn about the slaves, but had to do with the South thinking it at least got something to bolster their political power and the north thinking they at least limited the political power the south would get. Whether or not it humanized or dehumanized the slaves was not of great interest in a large sense to either side, despite what both sides try to depict.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville