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To: billbears
Well, it certainly wouldn't be the people de Tocqueville was talking about here, would it?

The legislation of the Southern states with regard to slaves presents at the present day such unparalleled atrocities as suffice to show that the laws of humanity have been totally perverted, and to betray the desperate position of the community in which that legislation has been promulgated. The Americans of this portion of the Union have not, indeed, augmented the hardships of slavery; on the contrary, they have bettered the physical condition of the slaves. The only means by which the ancients maintained slavery were fetters and death; the Americans of the South of the Union have discovered more intellectual securities for the duration of their power. They have employed their despotism and their violence against the human mind. In antiquity precautions were taken to prevent the slave from breaking his chains; at the present day measures are adopted to deprive him even of the desire for freedom. The ancients kept the bodies of their slaves in bondage, but placed no restraint upon the mind and no check upon eduction; and they acted consistently with their established principle, since a natural termination of slavery then existed, and one day or other the slave might be set free and become the equal of his master. But the Americans of the South, who do not admit that the Negroes can ever be commingled with themselves, have forbidden them, under severe penalties, to be taught to read or write; and as they will not raise them to their own level, they sink them as nearly as possible to that of the brutes.

13 posted on 06/07/2002 6:39:56 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur
This is all so silly. If folks think slavery is so hot, then they should volunteer to be someone's slave. Or else just shut up. A person born into American slavery has no point of reference. It is laughable that someone would proudly boast that their forefathers went easy on the whip. They separated children from their mothers, sold them as work animals. It was monstrous and evil. Unless you would have your own child go throught the same thing, people should just shut up and stop making fools of themselves.
27 posted on 06/07/2002 7:15:21 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Non-Sequitur; 4conservativejustices; WhiskeyPapa
Isn't it interesting how the same folks who howl on about how they are not defending slavery--it's not about slavery, it's about tarriffs and state sovereignty!--eventually show up gleefully grasping at anecdotal evidence in order to assert that after all, slavery wasn't that bad. They was treated perty good, matter o' fack.

Good. All you rebs get on board and tell us how great slavery was. Tell us stupid Yankees what a boon it was for blacks. Get it on the record, so we all know what you really stand for.

29 posted on 06/07/2002 7:20:48 AM PDT by Huck
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