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  •  Lincoln made the same argument (7+ / 0-)

    If you see the current movie, there's a scene in which a northern Democrat (I think from Indiana) is asked to vote against slavery (for the 13th Amendment) because it's hard for northern wage-paying industry to compete against slavery.

    One can make similar arguments today about duty-free imports from some countries.

    This argument doesn't denigrate the human rights argument; it just reflects additional harm caused by slavery, in this case to free people.

    •  In the book "Battle Cry Of Freedom", by... (3+ / 0-)

      ...James M. McPherson, a different point is made about competition between the two methods of arranging society.  McPherson argues that slave states could not compete with non-slave states for a number of reasons.  Since the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, he points to numbers of arms manufacturers, miles of track laid and overall industrial production to make some of his points.

      Why, for instance, did immigrants concentrate in the non-slave North?

    •  The harm was caused by GREED*, slavery was (2+ / 0-)
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      bluezen, Shockwave

      just the method to that end.

      *The Root of All Evil, per the Bible

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:53:42 PM PST

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