Why didn't Lee refuse to obey an immoral order?


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If so, then why did so many Northern states abolish slavery? Abolitionists had to have some political clout there, as they did in North Carolina.
Good question SU. I believe those states that abolished slavery, prior to awakening to its inherent immorality, likely did so to serve their financial and political best interests.
 

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It was a fictional novel, same as gone with the wind.....
even thought the characters in Uncle Tom Cabins were fictional, were not the description treatment of slaves true?
Even thought the characters in Gone with the Wind true, were not the description of the civil war true ?
 

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Please don’t think that I’m trying to defend Lee or condone the enforcement of slavery but who gets to decide what is a moral or immoral order? surely, any judgement made can only be deemed moral or immoral by the individual concerned and that alone would have to be based upon their own value base.
if slavery allows the crime of murder, rape, assault, stealing wages, and forced labor upon a person...does not society have the right to judge those crimes as being "moral or not? Can any state allow the individual to decide if a crime is "moral or inmoral" based on their own value?
 
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even thought the characters in Uncle Tom Cabins were fictional, were not the description treatment of slaves true?
Even thought the characters in Gone with the Wind true, were not the description of the civil war true ?
Fiction by nature cant be "true" its make believe..


So your saying the fctional slaves in Gone with the Wind are just as representative of slavery as the slaves depicted in Uncle Toms Cabin?
 
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Whose author's first-hand knowledge of Southern slavery was gleaned by a brief visit to northern Kentucky.
Was that the only book written about slavery in the south at the time? Were there not slave narratives of former slaves at the time having first hand experiences than a person having the experience, how did you put it "a brief visit to northern Kentucky?"
 

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Was that the only book written about slavery in the south at the time? Were there not slave narratives of former slaves at the time having first hand experiences than a person having the experience, how did you put it "a brief visit to northern Kentucky?"
What she heard or read, not by a conclusive stay in the South.
 

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Harriet Beecher also witnessed the Cincinnati riots 1829. But I don't remember any thing about that in her book. This was were whites attacked the blacks. And again in 1836, 1841
should it have been as another example of crimes against black people by white people before the civil war?
 

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so the civil war as the describe in Gone with the wind never happened, as people being beaten as slaves as described in Uncle Tom cabin never happened? Correct?
As their were happy slaves in gone with the wind......if your going to take fiction as truth.

The reality is some slaves were treated harher then others, some better then others, however a fictional novel doesn't accurately represent either, as it simply represents just the authors imagination.
 
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