- Paperback: 43 pages
- Publisher: Canon Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188576717X
- ISBN-13: 978-1885767172
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Southern Slavery: As It Was Paperback – June 1, 1996
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So you have to hand it to the authors of "Southern Slavery: As It Was" for not falling for this equivocation. Because if the Bible is wrong about slavery, it could be wrong about anything - therefore, the Bible must be correct with regard to slavery. The authors draw a distinction between "slave trading" (which the Bible forbids, and according to them, the Northerners engaged in) and "slave owning," which the Bible allows, as long as masters treat their slaves well. "Treating them well," of course, does not include setting them free and giving them their back pay; apparently, it only means giving them free room, board, and medical care, and speaking politely to them.Read more ›
I had long suspected that the modern narrative concerning Southern Slavery had been skewed by the politics of race in our own day. Even during my own lifetime (I'm now 66) I've seen the unmistakable demise of black families by their enslavement to the welfare state. I agree with the author's conclusion that "We are forced to say that, in many ways, the remedy which has been applied has been far worse than the disease ever was." It is plain to me that the hostility between the races today (that is, racism) is much greater than it was in antebellum America. This seems to me an indisputable fact. After reading this booklet, it is understandable just how justifiably enraged Southerners were at the publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It was an abolitionist hit piece intended to magnify occasional abuses as though they were normal every day occurrences. The authors also correctly point out that the secularization of the North was much more underway than it was in the South.
I do disagree, though, with the author's implication that the South lost the war because of a Divine judgement. They lost because they were out-manned, out-gunned, out-produced and out-generaled and nobody came to their aid.
Well, the more prevelant route is that taken by most devotees of the Lost Cause mythos, which is that secession and the CSA was never about slavery, but rather "states' rights," whatever the hell that might mean. If one argues that rationale, all your opponent has to do is bring up either the Dred Scott decision or the Fugitive Slave Act, both of which utterly trample the notion of states' rights into the dust. In short, the states' rights argument raises as many paradoxical questions as it hopes to answer.
Another route is that taken by authors Wilson & Wilkins, who argue that 1) slavery was not contrary to godliness, and in fact it was the abolitionist movement which was contrary to the will of God; and 2) in any case, the slaves by and large were well-treated, well-fed and content with their existence. Oh yes, and it was the fault of the Northern slave trade that slavery continued in the South in any case, so if there is an original sin of slavery, it is to be found somewhere near Boston --- gosh, we haven't heard this argument before, have we?
The scholarship here, simply put, sucks.Read more ›
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Despicable. That the author claims to be a christian only makes it more so.Published 17 months ago by William Wild
The people with the negative reviews didn't get the point of this book. Unfortunately for them, they've been so indoctrinated with lies from their public schooling that they can't... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Gloria
I have met read and listened to both authors on differing occasions and have been impressed with the intellect of each, including talks concerning the issues presented in this... Read morePublished on September 9, 2006 by Joseph W. Cason
Overall the book brings out a variety of emotions, not all of them pleasant. There is a script presented regarding the evolution of human servitude and religious subjection. Read morePublished on May 18, 2006 by John Stevenson
This obviously self-published booklet -- a) No legitimate publisher would touch it with so much as a ten-foot pole, b)the telling price: $99 for a "booklet" -- at least serves the... Read morePublished on April 10, 2005 by Judith J. Brown
Another tribute to those Southern virtues: human slavery, rape, treason and rebellion. This guy is a nitwit, as can be proved by a quick glance at his other work. Read morePublished on January 25, 2005 by OC Lefty
Um, can you Christians out there get any [...] You're starting to freak me out a bit. Maybe we need to review:
Stay with me here... Read more
Those who want to learn about slavery in the U.S. would do will to avoid this polemical and totally uninformed screed. Read morePublished on December 13, 2004 by Stephanie
The south ought to face up to their misdeeds instead of constantly trying to jusify their shortcomings by using the word of God. Read morePublished on December 11, 2004 by Michelle Hope