GDG- Slavery in the South

John Grim jgrim1941 at
Thu Jan 5 19:19:23 CST 2012

Esteemed Members

0ne concept that I would like to throw out has seldom been touched and that
is"Why would the average southerner fight to support slavery when less than
one in four owned a slave and an even smaller percentage had plantations
with a considerable number of slaves".

0bviously people who owned many slaves and great plantations were looked on
in most communities as wealthy and successful and living a very indolent
lifestyle.  The average southerner maintained his small farms with himself
and sons.  A man with a lot of land was looked on as extremely successful.
 If you owned a few horses or mules you were probably more successful
 Therefore, if you could ever get a few slaves to help you work your farm
you would start to gain wealth and have a greater status in your community.
 0wning slaves created status and wealth.  In a day when only the rich went
to college owning a slave became the way to success.  Believing the North
was going to destroy the only quick way to gaining status made many
southerners believe their way of life was being destroyed.........just my

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