Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 months ago

Slavery, especially as it was practiced in the American South, is self-evidently wrong and undeniably cruel. How did Southerners justify it?

32 Answers

  • 10 months ago

    Probably by saying, "that is how it has always been done".

  • 10 months ago

    Peter Gore Seer,

    The US Was A New Country, The First Real Slaves Were Norman Slaves From England,  The Slave Was Created By The Bankers Conquering The African Continent, Were By Humans Were Rounded Up And Move To The New World, For Work Abuse, But Slavery Is Practiced And Used By Every Religion, To Day Its The Stock Markets That Produce Profit Using Slave And Child Victims. I Think?.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Slavery was right in the British Empire because black people are unlike any other race they are tribal and kill each other and hate themselves, they come to the Americas and Europe nowadays and stir up trouble and say that their victims are racist.

  • 10 months ago

    5 Indian tribes also owned slaves both Black and White.Black people also owned slaves.There were 1.25 million White slaves in Northern Africa in 1780.The One-drop rule and blood fraction laws were not about Black people.John Punch and Mahala Murchinson were White Irish.Why are people so damned dumb?

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  • 10 months ago

    I don't think they even considered the blacks as being human. They were treated like animals, and that was their existence.

  • 10 months ago

    Basically, the South claimed that whites were blacks' "benevolent masters" meaning that they were destined to rule blacks. Also, they claimed that they were inferior through pseudo science (they have bigger lips, etc.). There's lots of other stuff.

    Source(s): APUSH Textbook
  • 10 months ago

    A poor man living on welfare finds himself supported by slaves, near as makes no difference, and oftentimes cain't do a darn thing about it!

  • 10 months ago

    I recall reading documents written by both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington in which they described their slaves in much the same way that modern farmers would describe their livestock.  Far from being seen as "cruel," many felt they were doing their slaves a favor by providing them a purpose.

    Men like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee held almost identical views on slavery and race in the 19th Century.  While they acknowledged their humanity, they believed that they were not as advanced as white folks and not ready to live as equals.

    As abhorrent as that might sound today, a truly educated outlook requires perspective...

    Several years ago I was touring a chateau in France that was still occupied by an aristocratic family who kept hunting dogs.  When a young girl in our tour group saw the dogs she happily cried out "doggies!" and went running towards them.  The dog keeper intercepted her, took her by the wrist and pulled her back to her parents.

    "Please, these are not pets," he admonished the parents.  "They are working dogs.  Please respect that."

    The girl's mother was deeply offended and went on a tirade at our tour guide, complaining not only about "the rude Frenchman" but the "cruelty" of the "rich *******" who still maintained such a "savage practice."

    Now I know some would look at this situation and say "idiot!  these are ANIMALS....slavery involved HUMANS!"

    But again, the point is perspective...and the notion that your truth in the moment isn't necessarily any one else's truth now or in history.

    As you know, there are a groups that believe breeding animals to be pets is "cruel."  So 100 years from now, which view might be deemed more abhorrent...the one that casually accepted animals as something to be raised for slaughter...or the one that considered keeping them as pets to be "humane?"

    ....and to add the human perspective.... which outlook will be seen as more "cruel" and in need of "justification"... seeing people with a certain skin color as possessions of another, superior group..... or seeing them as poor, incapable folks who can only survive with the continuous support of a benevolent superior group?

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    They cited Bible verses that advocate for slavery.   This was all the justification many needed.  They also believed that those who weren't white weren't human.  Again, this was often justified by the Bible.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Believe it or not, sometimes with the Bible, and sometimes they COULDN'T justify it and called the "Peculiar Institution".

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