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Morality of Slavery

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Introduction

The Morality of Slavery "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Slavery has been around for thousands of years. Slavery was a way of life to many indigenous people in America and around the world. You can trace slavery back to pre-historic times and its end in the mid 19th century. Throughout the ages, people have debated over the morality of slavery. Many say that it is an important part of everyday life. Others state that it is wrong and unlawful. Rousseau nails the point right on the head. His quote is a very powerful statement. No matter where you look, someone is under some form of enslavement. Statistics say that nearly four million slaves valued at more than four million dollars lived in the United States before the Civil War ever began. But slavery was not just in the United States, like in Rousseau's case. Rousseau knew about slavery and its impact first hand. He was a philosopher whose political theology helped spark the historical French Revolution. Another famous theologian and politician who knew about slavery was our nation's founding father, Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson personally owned slaves. He was considered by many, including himself to be an avid abolitionist, even though he owned many slaves. ...read more.

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For slaves, the exact opposite was reality. They were pushed to the extremes and had to adapt without the benefits that we take for granted every day. A big meal to a slave would be the leftovers that most Americans leave on their dinner plates. If a slave received today's minimum wage and worked the same amount of hours, they could make a living for themselves. Today's workers are allowed sick days and even use sick days to play hooky. For a slave, everyday was workday. There was no such thing as the benefit of a sick day. Unless you were having a baby, you were working your tail off in the hot summer sun and the cold winter wind. Since the slave owners never thought of the slaves as human beings, they saw these poor conditions and the non beneficial work as tough luck. They were in control and wanted to spend as few dollars as possible to keep the slaves fed and functioning. A person's self esteem is benefitted from hard work and its outcome. A slave was deprived of this moral benefit. When you receive your very first hard earned paycheck, you feel like you are on top of Mount Everest. Slaves never had this building block. ...read more.

Conclusion

The government tried everything in their power to say that slavery was moral. Even though they knew that it was cruel and harsh punishment, they continued to do everything that they could legislatively to keep their way of life. Political candidates were chosen based on their views of slavery. Every part of the Confederacy's government revolved around slavery. Without it, they were nothing. People think that slavery was ok because it preserved their way of life. Demoralizing a person and making a profit out of it is a very corrupt thing. The Confederacy tried their best to prove to the North that slavery was moral and that their way of life was alright. In the end, the North and its morals concerning slavery won the final battle. Overall, slavery can be seen as moral and immoral through topics such as government policies, religion, and the slaves themselves. It is safe to say that slavery is immoral and has thankfully been put to an end. Even though slavery has ended, the American people should not stop there. We should strive to raise the standards for our people and make life how it should be. Every human being should be equal to his fellow citizen. In the end, hopefully, America's morals will stand and make us the greatest nation to ever be, even with our faults. ...read more.

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