December 11, 2004


Originally posted by Bill Gibson from Gibson Blog, reBlogged by ts

Some exerpts from SOUTHERN SLAVERY, AS IT WAS:

“To say the least, it is strange that the thing the Bible condemns (slave-trading) brings very little opprobrium upon the North, yet that which the Bible allows (slave-ownership) has brought down all manner of condemnation upon the South.” p. 22

“As we have already mentioned, the ‘peculiar institution’ of slavery was not perfect or sinless, but the reality was a far cry from the horrific descriptions given to us in modern histories.” p. 22

“Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character, it was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence.” p. 24

“There has never been a multi-racial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.” p. 24

“Slave life was to them a life of plenty, of simple pleasures, of food, clothes, and good medical care.” p. 25

“But many Southern blacks supported the South because of long established bonds of affection and trust that had been forged over generations with their white masters and friends.” p. 27

“Nearly every slave in the South enjoyed a higher standard of living than the poor whites of the South — and had a much easier existence.” p. 30