[ExI] Slavery Now and in the Past
sjatkins at mac.com
Sat Apr 19 07:05:53 UTC 2008
On Apr 15, 2008, at 4:41 AM, Lee Corbin wrote:
> Olga and Rafal both make good points.
> But I've been meaning to address something else for a while.
> Earlier this
> year someone here opined that the main reason that slavery was
> ended in the west was that it was becoming economically unviable.
It was in fact becoming increasingly nonviable particularly as the
industrial revolution expanded.
> In fact, it was a moral revolution among people mainly in Brittain,
> and to a lesser extent in the U.S.
That is an assertion that requires some proof. It was almost
certainly not the case that the Civil War was fought to end slavery.
> At no trifling cost, the British
> people supported their navy in the early 1800s patroling up and
> down the African coast. Slavery was ended in the West because
> those people (yessss, I'll dare say it, the most culturally advanced
> in the world at the time), reviled it.
> And a bit later, it could be said that the Abolitionists in the U.S.
> caused the War Between the States.
Not with any real correctness.
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