Slavery has been a dark cloud over America since the first slave was dropped off

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Slavery has been a dark cloud over America since the first slave was dropped off at Jamestown in the 1600’s. It was once viewed as a necessary evil and later viewed as, what John C. Calhoun called, a “positive good”. There is no questioning how abhorrent and vile the institution of slavery is in today’s world. So how and, more appropriately, why was it defended so vigorously? It has to be more than to make a quick buck, right? I tend to believe that people at their core are moral in their own way. Sure, you will have a few outliers, but to have an entire region rise up to defend the enslavement of another based in their skin color? That’s insane and there must be more to it, right? The Northern viewpoint is easy to understand, but why was the South willing to make war over something that is so clearly wrong?
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When attempting to conceptualize the answer to this, it is imperative to look at the issue as the people of the time would have understood it. To be honest, for me this was one of the hardest historical periods for me to view through the lens of the past. I struggled to cast off my contemporary beliefs regarding the disgusting institution of slavery. In reading the defenses of slavery, I kept thinking that those defenses sounded more like a weak justification for their terrible actions rather than a true belief in something. However, to fully understand the why’s of the defense of slavery, we must view it through the lens of the people of the time. Furthermore, we have to take these writings at their word rather than view them as lies meant as a justification… we can’t impose our own opinions on their perspective, especially since we hadn’t experienced what they experienced. Again, this is tough to do but is exactly what I am asking you to do.
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Below is a link with my commentary. I have also highlighted in red the portions I believe are key points in the texts.
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INSTRUCTIONS:
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1 page
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12” Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri (normal/plain) font
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1” margins
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1 primary source DIRECT with proper citation (no reference page is needed. Simply acknowledge the author in your writing. Ex- According to Alexander Stephens in his Cornerstone Speech, “… )
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Answer the following: (using at the attachment )
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Describe/explain to me 1 Southern motivation.
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**This does not an opinion paper (not first person…no “I believe” or “I think”). Selecting a particular topic does not mean you agree or disagree with the South’s motivations. I simply want you to explain the position.

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