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barrydancer wrote:

 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.

You are correct, I should have said, "anywhere in the United States." The point is the same. Yes, some folks were beginning to question it, mostly in Europe and New England, but the overwhelming majority of Americans, Northern and Southern, viewed blacks as inferior beings and viewed slavery as little more than a necessary evil, and were perfectly content to let it exist in the South until it threatened to hinder the advancement of white settlers looking to head west. Even the most die-hard abolitionists didn't think blacks should be treated as equals.

"when was it ever known that liberation from bondage was accompanied by recognition of political equality?"

-William Lloyd Garrison

 

                                                                               




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