7 Ways Some White People Justified American Slavery

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CHRISTIAN SLAVES BIBLE

It’s in the Bible

Slaveholders justified slavery by citing Bible passages that fit their needs. Two of the most often used were Ephesians 6:5—”slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling”— and Titus 2:9 — “tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect.”

 

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Slavery Was Natural for Blacks

Whites convinced themselves that slavery was helpful to Black people because they needed to be watched over and cared for. White slaveholders were protecting enslaved people from those who “proposed by the tyranny of legislation to set bounds to their freedom of thought and action” by setting them free.

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