It may not in the big picture, but even if this is just one comment, this one comment does minimize the negatives of slavery.I highly doubt the textbook casts slavery in a positive light or attempts to minimize it ... yet that is really the only inference that can be drawn from the single factoid being used to represent the textbook.
Perhaps. However, the statement certainly minimizes things. It states that the majority of slaveowners did not mistreat their slaves. I cannot see, regardless of what the Chapter title or focus might have been, how a statement that uses the word "majority" doesn't minimize the negative impact of slavery.as for serving a purpose, i dunno.. i don't know the context of the chapter... it may have been titled " treatment of slaves" with multiple pages addressing the cruel treatment of slaves and this single blurb saying some didn't...who knows?.. we surely can't tell with the Mother Jones article.