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I would suggest you go try it out some time, maybe write an “impassioned intellectual essay” on the various kinds of slavery and how they compare in terms of brutality. Would you rather be whipped with a cat-o-nine tails or a bullwhip? How about used as a sex slave, and bore the masters child, or had your children sold when they are 5.
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I think attacking Jefferson is way out of line. You can't judge an 18th century man by 21st century standards. If Jefferson had freed his slaves, he would have removed himself from eligibility to run for political office because he would no longer have been considered a personally disinterested gentleman. The men who ruled our country till Jackson believed that the country must be ruled by well educated men who didn't have to worry about their own financial interests (ok, gross generalization but on the whole accurate). The idea was that people who are not financially secure are susceptible to corruption and bribery. Hmmm, I think they had a point. Jefferson did what he could. Imagine for a minute the world he lived in, and how much he changed it. He knew what he was doing. Perhaps he could have ended slavery if he had played his cards, or maybe he would have destroyed the fragile union that was still largely an experiment. I agree that compromise with evil yields evil...but how much evil do we all accept in order to support ourselves in prominence and comfort? We can wish the world different all we want, but work is required for it to change. We can't work for change if we drop out of our current society.
1790 By the American Revolution, 20 percent of the overall population in the thirteen colonies was of African descent. The legalized practice of enslaving blacks occurred in every colony. The economic realities of the southern colonies, however, perpetuated the institution, which was first legalized in Massachusetts in 1641. During the Revolutionary era, more than half of all African-Americans lived in Virginia and Maryland. Most of these blacks lived in the Chesapeake region, where they made up more than 50 to 60 percent of the overall population. The majority, but not all, of these African-Americans were slaves. In fact, the first official United States Census, taken in 1790, showed that 8 percent of the black populace was free. [Edgar A. Toppin. "Blacks in the American Revolution" (published essay, Virginia State University, 1976), p. 1]. Whether free or slave, blacks in the Chesapeake established familial relationships, networks for disseminating information, survival techniques, and various forms of resistance to their condition.