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Mr. Curtis, in a speech in the Virginia Legislature in 1832, said : " There is a
malaria in the atmosphere of these regions, which the new comer shuns, as
being deleterious to his views and habits. See the wide-spreading ruin which the
What it was that paralyzed the tongues of all those members of the Virgina
Legislature, who, at the session of 1831 -'32, distinguished themselves by
advocating a system of emancipation, is a mystery that has never yet been solved
. Whether ...
... members of the legislatures, the governors of the States, the representatives
and senators in Congress — are all slaveholders. Nor does the catalogue of their
usurpations end here. Through the most heart-sickening arrogance and bribery, ...
... that the chief justices, associate justices, and judges of the several courts, the
governors of the States, the members of the legislatures, and all the minor
functionaries of the land, shall be' free from the heinous crime of ownership in
Nor is it alone in the national and State legislatures that they substitute brute
force for genteel behavior and acuteness of intellect. Neither courthouses nor
public streets, hotels nor private dwellings, rum-holes nor law-offices, are held
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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