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Slavery – boon and bane of the Antebellum South

Page entitled : Slave trade and emancipation

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The failure of Thomas Jefferson's wish to terminate the slave trade and the even more delicate issue of emancipation. 

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…  South, emancipation was at best in the thoughts of the most idealistic defenders of universal freedom. Equality was not an ideal of the Southern plantation aristocrats, as little in fact as of New York’s manor lords or the merchant princes who had achieved great wealth and social standing and were loath to share these on the basis of mere moral principles. The economic arguments which supported the perpetuation of slavery were strong in the Southern states. They were essentially in the interest of the large plantation owners, a minority of wealthy aristocrats, to whom slavery had brought …

 

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