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Are you sure you read the same book as I did you mention in your above post?Like most things in life slavery was a mixed bag. There must have been some bad slave owners and yet the bad slave owners were actually few and far between. Think of all the effort that was exerted by the northern abolition movement and how they tried so hard to incite the slaves into open violent rebellion. But it was all for naught.
I read a book a long time ago, it was the autobiography of Frederick Douglass and the book made a very big impression on me. I realize now that slavery was never a racial issue. It was never about whites enslaving blacks and all the rest of it. More than anything else, slavery was about the strong enslaving the weak, and what the story of Frederick Douglass proves more than anything else is that the strong cannot enslave the strong.
The most horrific thing about slavery was the international slave trade, and how they packed those poor folks like sardines into tiny spaces during the long voyage across the Atlantic; but once the lucky ones who managed to survive the horrific voyage arrived at their destination they were treated very well for the most part and that would explain why they turned a deaf ear to the incendiary pleas of the bloodthirsty abolitionists.
Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by himself.
From the flyleaf of the book:
"In a powerful, unapologetic prose, Douglass's account of his early years gave white Americans of the time the victim's view of the institution of slavery--showing its daily humiliations, hypocrisies, and matter-of-fact brutalities."
Sounds a lot like "racial issues" to me.
Maybe you need to check out a copy from the local library and read it again.