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.



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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