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The incontrovertible facts we have thus far presented are, we think, amply
sufficient, both in number and magnitude, to bring conviction to the mind of every
candid reader, that there is something wrong, socially, politically and morally
... to return a prompt reply to any proper question that may be propounded. Our
repugnance to the institution of slavery, springs from no one-sided idea, or sickly
sentimentality. We have not been hasty in making up our mind on the subject ; we
... and which, when duly considered in connection with the foregoing and
subsequent portions of our work, will, we believe, carry conviction to the mind that
the downward tendency of the South can be arrested only by the abolition of
... and prejudice sit enthroned over the minds of the people ; usurping despots
wield the Bceptre of power ; everywhere, and in everything, botween Delaware
Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, are the multitudinous evils of slavery apparent. The
... in instilling into their untutored minds passions and prejudices expressly
calculated to strengthen and protect the accursed institution of slavery ; but,
thanks to heaven, their inglorious reign is fast drawing to a close ; with irresistible
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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