America in Class Lessons

A Pro-Slavery Argument, 1857

Author: Schramm, Richard R. (NHC Vice President for Education Programs, 1984–2016)

Advisor: Coclanis, Peter A. (NHC Fellow, 1996–97)

With an argument that was as much a critique of industrialism as it was a defense of slavery, Southern spokesmen contended that chattel slavery, as it was practiced in the American South, was more humane than the system of “wage slavery” that prevailed in the industrial North and Great Britain.

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Subjects: History; Education Studies; American History; Rhetoric; Slavery; Industrialization; Capitalism; Primary Sources