Slavery Debate

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John C. Calhoun, George Fitzhugh are the two authors in the provided documents that support slavery. John C. Calhoun argues that because of slavery in the south the conflict between the labor force and the wealthy is eliminated, and because of that there was more political stability in the slaveholding states. George Fitzhugh argues that slavery is better because all things are provided to a slave whereas a free laborer rarely has all of the comforts that a slave had, including a steady home. He also argues that the slave master maintains and enforces standards of morality and industry that the free laborers did not have the benefit of that structure. I think that the merits of these ideas is the separation of labor from wealth lended itself to a more stable society. Theodore Weld, James G. Birney, William Lloyd Garrison are the authors of the documents provided that were anti-slavery. Theodore Weld was reasonable in his statement of the abuses some slaves received. James G. Birney’s short quote bout God opposing slavery is bordering on militant by comparing it to murder. William Lloyd Garrison’s position is militant radical because of his statements of non-rest and demand that he be heard on his position that all bondman be set free. None of the words of these men were necessary for slavery to end, at the turning of the Industrial Revolution slavery would have eventually died out due to the more efficient machines that could do the work better and faster than a man could. I do not agree with his position of civil disobedience concerning slavery as his point of not recognizing the government is wrong. True civil disobedience is done under the law and brings attention to the ideals and purposes of the cause. I think that civil disobedience is justified when our government is violating the laws of the land, for example President Obama exceeding his authority…...

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