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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-23-10 12:12 AM
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59. Let me just adress slavery
Been doing a LOT of reading, and one of my surprises was just how little sense slavery actually made. Not only that, in the history of the early republic it was THE brake to the industrialization of the South. Yes, that came as a surprise.

But slavery was actually very expensive. Now cheap labor makes more sense. (And yes I found that in the literature). You see a slave I got to feed and cloth, but a worker I can fire, and don't have to worry about that.

It is more complex than that. But it was surprising... that said, some folks would like to go back to owning slaves, and I suspect there are other reasons for that. But yes, that was a shock... ah the more one reads...
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