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  •  Slavery was about a fundamental worldview of how (18+ / 0-)

    society should be ordered. A worldview that supports slavery is fundamentally different than one that does not.  The book "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America" by Colin Woodard, describes how the elites of the Deep South are descended mainly from the owners of plantations from Barbados.  These owners were the younger sons of the British nobility who'd run out of land in the Caribbean islands and came to the southern American colonies in search of more land.   These aristocrats brought with them a culture that was fundamentally different from the northern colonies. As Woodard says, "From the outset, Deep Southern culture was based on radical disparities in wealth and power, with a tiny elite commanding total obedience and enforcing it with state-sponsored terror. "

    •  "British nobility".... (9+ / 0-)

      ...is a crucial part of this whole equation too. The plantation class really did descend primarily from a British (prevailingly Anglo-Norman, with all the suppression of the Saxons they conquered that that entails) aristocracy steeped in royal blood and pretension, and in the rights, privileges, and entitlements of feudalism. Given the status of serfs in feudal Europe, it's no coincidence that the descendants of feudal lords would be slave owners in America.

      PW

      "No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." --MLK

      by Progressive Witness on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:22:11 AM PST

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      •  I think that premise is over simplified (1+ / 0-)
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        My family, Highland Scots, Chieftain class learned their lessons the hard way being hunted like animals. They came to this country nearly 30 years before the Revolutionary War. They bought land worked that land and never ever owned slaves. That is not to say all Scottish immigrants felt the same way, clearly they didn't. But I think my point is not every english speaking settler thought slavery was a good thing, or thought they were entitled to anymore than a fresh start.

        The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

        by cherie clark on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:00:11 AM PST

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