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    may have argued against its continuation from an objective viewpoint, but not from the viewpoints of people already invested in slaves.

    It's been a hundred years, isn't it time we stopped blaming Captain Smith for sinking the Titanic?

    by happymisanthropy on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:44:49 AM PST

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    •  Economic determinism isn't fast (12+ / 0-)

      The Apologists pointed to the fact that plantations lost money, and Genovese seems to rehabilitate their argument. That's one reason for the viciousness of some of the criticism he received.

      However, recognizing that the plantations were economic nonsense from about 1855 on is not the same thing as the Apologist claim that they would have ended "on their own" or, most particularly, that slavery would have ended. We cannot say that the cotton plantation and slavery are the same things, nor that people do what is in their narrow interests.

      If economic interest determined action, then poor whites would not vote Republican now.

      In the long term, economics will determine things, sure, but that doesn't mean that it will without violence or without crisis or without a lot of trouble.

      If money is the root of all evil, then what is Mitt Romney?

      by The Geogre on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:57:38 AM PST

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