7 Ways Some White People Justified American Slavery

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Blacks Are Inferior

In discussing the peculiar institution, Thomas Jefferson, no less than the principal author of the U.S. Constitution and the third president, wrote, “I advance it, therefore, as a suspicion only, that the blacks … are inferior to the whites in the endowment of body and mind.” Scientists initially said Blacks had smaller brains and even less gray matter in their brains.

 

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Blacks Are Physically Different

During a debate, the so-called great emancipator himself, Abraham Lincoln, said of the two races: “There is a physical difference between the white and black races, which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”

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