GDG- Slavery in the South

Nancy Householder pipecreek1430 at
Fri Jan 6 08:07:57 CST 2012

Most Southerner fought to defend their homes and familes. The slave owning aristoracy controlled the politics
of the states and pushed for seccesion. They then convinced everyone else to fight to defend your homes and
familys from the Yankees and the Black Republicans. They spread the lie that the Black Republicans were out
to not just free the slaves, but give the negros equality with the whites, and let Negro men marry white women!
Even the poorest white, was considered better than the negro on the social scale. Now the Black Republicans
were out to make the negros equal with the whites!  Heresy!  Quick, sign up to fight for the Confederacy!!!

Nancy Householder

 From: John Grim <jgrim1941 at>
To: gettysburg at 
Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:19 PM
Subject: GDG- Slavery in the South
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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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