Calhoun_1838

Calhoun_1838 - Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History...

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Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History Center Sources of Freedom: John C. Calhoun Sees "Slavery in its true light. .." (1838) In this excerpt from a speech given in 1838, South Carolina's John C. Calhoun declared that slavery was not a moral evil, as some even in the South (including Thomas Jefferson) had once maintained. He argued that slavery seen in its true light was a blessing to both races (but especially to African-Americans), a haven from the racial warfare that would otherwise break out, and the best and most stable foundation for free society. As you read Calhoun's defense of slavery, consider how he believed that slavery, the ultimate denial of freedom, could be contribute to American freedom. What were the most important attributes of that freedom? What alternative system existed in the North and how did it undermine freedom? How does Calhoun's defense of slavery differ from those from the Revolutionary period? He saw (said Mr. C[alhoun]) in the question before us the fate of the South. It was a
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course AMH 2041 taught by Professor Mungary during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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