First, Helper wrote five other books, three of which were extremely racist and unleashed intense hatred towards the Negro race. His writings contained rational, progressive, and farsighted viewpoints and ideas as well as irrationalities and illogical ideas which sometimes sounded like the ravings of a maniac.When I posted, I thought I was one of the first ones to do so. Then I saw there had been 2 pages of discussion. It was a quick post—as are most of posts I make on my iPhone— and I was really reacting to the 3rd point of the original post.
I was referring to a love for their state and homes and a willingness to serve.
The original post seemed to accept today’s modern view that the Southern people hated slavery and this prevented them for rallying to the call to arms.
After about 1890 Helper spent most of his time in Washington, D.C. His wife became blind and returned to South America with their son. Helper's mental instability worsened and he eventually committed suicide.
I agree that peer pressure made critizism of slavery impossible in most cases but it was not the majority or even close. It is because of the majority that you could not speak out without reprecussions.
how do we judge a group, any group ? By the actions of each individual? No by the way the majority behave and their commonalities .
” I was referring to a love for their state and homes and a willingness to serve.” I do not doubt their bravery and their willingness to serve. They did not serve the USA though and violated the constitution regardless of whether secession was legal or not. The constitution provided relief through legislation. The constitutional troubles were created because the south used slave labor that only counted as 3/5 and they did not want immigrations and they knew the math would lose Congress for them. So they needed more slave states to keep up. Slavery could not be contained in the south if the south was to have power in congress. So their patriotism was either to the Bible and the message from the pulpit or independence as traitors to the USA through armed revolt. IMO