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He still lives ; hear him speak . Says Gov. Wise : " It may be painful , but
nevertheless , profitable , to recur occasionally to the history of the past ; to listen
to the admonitions of experience , and learn lessons of wisdom from the efforts
... TH L e 1 And now that we have come to the very heart and soul of our subject ,
we feel no disposition to mince matters , but mean to speak plainly , and to the
point , without any equivocation , mental reservation , or secret evasion whatever
... who , in our latitude , pass for intelligent men , are so puffed up with the idea of
our importance in this respect , that they speak of the North as a sterile region ,
unfit for cultivation , and quite dependent on the South for the necessaries of life !
... converse with those who have neither dimes nor hereditary rights in human
flesh , Whenever it pleases , and to the extent it pleases , a slaveholder to
become communicative , poor whites may hear with fear and trembling , but not
Mr. Moore , also a member of the Legislature of Virginia , in speaking of the evils
of slavery , said : " The first I shall mention is the irresistible tendency which it has
to undermine and destroy everything like virtue and morality in the community .
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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