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Myths of American Slavery [Hardcover]

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Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN  1589800478  
EAN  9781589800472  
UPC  013942024959  

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Details what the author believes to be common misinterpretations and misrepresentations about slavery, arguing that slavery was not solely a Southern institution and that slavery also had an important economic impact on the North.

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From one of the authors of the influential bestseller The South Was Right comes Myths of American Slavery --an unbiased history of one of the most controversial institutions effecting the United States. Armed with an open mind and a wealth of historical sources, Kennedy tackles the most common misconceptions and misrepresentations about slavery in America. Indeed, one of the first issues Kennedy addresses is the extent to which slavery flourished and persisted throughout North America, not just in the Southern states. He also reveals how New Englanders, despite their contemporary reputation as uniform abolitionists, really treated slaves, before and after emancipation. Other topics include indentured servitude; biblical, Christian, and moral arguments regarding slavery; and how slavery relates to modern race discrimination. Far from defending the unjust practice of human slavery, Mr. Kennedy calls for and contributes to a clear-eyed examination of this ancient, and regrettably ongoing, worldwide injustice.

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Blame it all on whitey  Aug 8, 2008
People are either so brainwashed or so selfish that they dump the responsibility for their failures on white southerners. I thought it was fascinating when I discovered that the slave traders were juwish and that the men who sold the slaves were black. White liberation is a good thing.
Intesting  May 29, 2008
For anyone who has read anything about the war, they will tell you that slavery was not the main reason for the start of the war. Freeing the slaves did not become a major issue until Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and that was only in the rebellious states, not the border states. It was politics. Was slavery wrong. Of coarse it was. But it was how America had evolved since the signing of the Constitution. The first official documents protecting slavery was written in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. I believe that's in the North. But it was a dieing institution, even in the south. The North did not believe the southern states had the right to voluntarily leave the union, even though the states voluntarily joined the union. And the South wanted to leave over several issues. And to this day, the right for a state to succeed from the union has never been challenged in court. That was the very reason Jeff Davis was simply released from prison and never tried. The Federal government was afraid to bring the issue before a court. Don't be afraid to educate yourself, read a book. But have enough common sense to read more than one on the subject.
Weak, Unoriginal, and Absolutely Absurd  May 31, 2007
This book, like so many others that claim that the South was not fighting to maintain slavery, conveniently picks and chooses facts and statements to support an argument created by details taken out of context.

George W. Bush once said that, "If [the US] were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." Obviously, Bush is not a dictator, like it or not, he was elected. But out of context, this statement can be used to create any number of negative impressions.

Abraham Lincoln stated that if he could save the Union by freeing no slaves, he would do that, if he could save it by freeing all, he would do that, or if he could save the Union by freeing some and not others, he would do that as well. This is not a statement of his feeling about the black race, as so many wish to ascribe to it, but a statement reflecting his priorities and his understanding of the limits of his Presidential powers.

1) His priority was to save the Union, over abolishing slavery.
2) He believed (and correctly I feel) that the Office of President did not hyave the power to simply abolish slavery by Executive Order.

The second point leads me to another argument presented by Confederate sympathizers. Lincoln's emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in only Confederate states. This is absolutely consistant with the points I made above. Lincoln did not have the power to simply free slaves on his own will, but when the Southern states seceded and initiated a state of war with the Union (when they attacked Fort Sumter and the shipment sent to resupply it), Lincoln's power as Commander and Chief allowed him to take action necessary to defeat an enemy of the United States. Freeing the slaves in the Southern, rebelling states was a legitimate attack on the ability of those states to maintain their war effort. It was within his power and a wise tactical move.

God Bless Abraham Lincoln, and I fear the world that might have come to exist had those Southern states been successful in perpetuating slavery.

Certainly such a result would have led to further wars and fighting between the United States and the Confederacy over annexation of land in the West, a willingness of Northerners to accept runaway slaves (those states would no longer have been bound by the Fugitive Slave Law to return slaves to the Confederacy), and countless other disputes that would have arisen from the existence of two separate, and morally distinct nations where America once stood.

This book is merely an amateurish exercise in historical revision and spin. It makes no points that cannot be rebutted with a more complete history of the events of the time.
Easily debunked.  Apr 17, 2007
So Kennedy doesn't think that slavery was a primary cause of the Civil War, eh?

That would surely surprise the people who voted for South Carolina to secede.

Read for yourself "Declarations of Causes of Seceding States
Civil War South Carolina."

Just paste the following in your browser:
It's pretty weak when a non-historian can knock the thesis of a faux history book down with five minutes of Googling.
An excuse for abuse  Nov 7, 2006
The simple fact of the matter is not the politics behind it, but rather that it was ever allowed to happen. Our forefathers abandoned their republican ideals to abuse, rape, and rob God given rights of fellow human beings. Yes, thier were Native Americans who held slaves, and Africans, but that does not excuse the horrible persecution of an entire culture. The same can be said for Native Americans. It all boils down to an elite few (Spanish American British etc.), that paved thier way with bad intentions and used forced human labor to reap the benefits of financial success. No book, however historically accurate, can downplay what those people suffered through in the years of mistreatment, based on race. Women were raped, men were beaten,families were seperated, people had thier limbs removed to deter escape, and the list goes on. We should have upheld our idea of natural rights and extended them to everyone, red, black and white. And before you buy this book, think about the racist BS you're "buying" into.

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