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Uncle Tom’s Cabin

HBS Guy

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Reading that now—on Kindle.

The American slavery was so very cruel, unlike the slavery of classical times, Greece, Rome etc:

The children of slaves were slaves

Slave marriages were not recognised—spouses could and were be separated, children torn from mothers’ arms and sold separately

Slaves could not own property: in classical times slaves might own other slaves, estates and businesses.


Unfortunate for the negroes the cotton gin made them so much more valuable: the value of slaves in slave states (Incl Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland and Maine) was the single most valuable asset in America. Within a very few decades of the end of the Civil War mechanisation would have done away with the need for slaves, for the field hands anyway.

Even southerners were embarrassed by slavery: they referred to their “peculiar institution” and called their slaves their “servants” etc.

And, of course, the slavery they cherished got in the way of England or France recognising the Confederacy.
 

Auggie

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Good book that one.

And how the hell does anyone think that America project has been successful? America was founded on a lie and most of its citizens are brainwashed herd.

For e.g. the American Revolution? More like the 'First American Civil War' - basically the locals got pissed off that they didn't have the power and sold out the Crown which saved them from the French. Now, don't get me wrong - I'd prefer to have America French-speaking but I doubt Americans do.
 

HBS Guy

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America and its “all men are created equal” was a lie at the time but the Civil War redeemed the Declaration in blood.
 

HBS Guy

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Officially it was redeemed: slavery was gone!

Truly unfortunate that Lincoln was assassinated at the end of the Civil War and the contemptible Andrew Johnson was President at a critical time.

US Grant was the first and strongest equal rights President.
 

Auggie

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Well, it's interesting you say that. Lincoln supported 'moderate reconstruction'. After he was assassinated, the Radical Republicans took control on Congress and imposed Radical Reconstruction. This didn't continue due to a variety of factors - but essentially the military occupied the southern states and enforced civil rights.

It was known as the Great Sellout - trading the presidency in exchange for pulling out troops from the South.
 

HBS Guy

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Yes, Lincoln wanted magnanimity not revenge. He got shot for his troubles—and the south lost its biggest friend.
 
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