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... in the thirty-one sovereign States, where the two systems, comparatively
unaffected by the wrangling of politicians, and, as a matter of course, free from
the interference of the general government, have had the fullest opportunities to
the general government, have had the fullest opportunities to exert their influence
, to exhibit their virtues, and to commend themselves to the sober judgments of
enlightened and discriminating minds. Had we counted the Territories on the side
From the period of the formation of the government down to the present moment,
her policy has been downright suicidal, and, as a matter of course, wholly
indefensible. She has hugged a viper to her breast ; her whole system has been
... the monuments of their commercial and manufacturing industry ; and, above all
, their devoted attachment to the government from which they derive their
protection, with the derision, discontent, indolence, and poverty of the Southern
... would make States, nations, empires out of it, prosperous, powerful, intelligent
and free, illustrating on a wide theatre the beneficent ends of Providence in the
formation of our government, to advance and elevate the millions of our race, and
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A must read for anyone that wants to understand the economic and social implications of the Southern slave aristocracy.
A well researched and written review of the slave aristocracy that suppressed and exploited both black slaves and non-slave holding whites alike.
This book is critical to understanding why the Southern Gentry despised the North for "exploiting" the South and "stealing" the Souths' financial resources when in fact the increasingly inefficient and unproductive system of slave labor doomed the South to ever increasing reliance on Northern resources to maintain their facade of prosperity.
H. R. Helper explains the slave states downward spiral toward economic collapse that will ultimately drive 11 of the states to secede from the Union and start the Civil War
This book is an insight today into much of the Souths' ongoing struggle to join the rest of the United States in economic prosperity