antislavery movements

dred scott

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Hi guys,

What events strengthened the antslavery movement before the civil war?


and what were the arguments of those who supported slavery?


Thanks in advance
 

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ole

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Dred:
Huge questions! I'll give you two answers. Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin gave a tremendous boost to antislavery sentiment. It hardly matters now whether the book was an inventive exaggeration or a romanticized depiction based on fact, the literate Northerner (and there were many) came close to endorsing emancipation en masse. The literate Southerner (and there were more than a few) darn near seceded over it.

In support of slavery were at least two arguments: it was a necessary evil (and it really was); it was a positive good -- the Negro was much better off in the care of his beneficent white masters than he was in savage Africa.

Have you been assigned a paper?
Ole
 


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