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 Posted: Sun Apr 19th, 2009 01:13 am
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Proud Pa wrote:

"Yes, any reasonable person can see that slavery and the history of racism that followed was evil, but outside of a few evangelicals in New England, Slavery was hardly considered morally evil anywhere in the 1860s."

Quite the contrary.  While for most of human history few people thought there was anything wrong with keeping humans as slaves, by the 18th century abolitionist sentiment had been growing rapidly throughout the western world for a number of reasons, Enlightenment theory, an increase in religious fervor, etc.  There is a long history of abolitionism in Great Britain, which finally freed its Caribbean slaves in 1833.  France soon followed.  Furthermore, I would argue the Northern states would never had provided for the emancipation of their own slaves were it not for people thinking there was a problem with holding other humans in bondage.  By 1860 there were a great many people the world over who thought there was something morally evil about slavery.


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