7 Ways Some White People Justified American Slavery



Blacks Are Immoral 

This is how the “Negro” is described in the first American edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1798), “Vices the most notorious seem to be the portion of this unhappy race: idleness, treachery, revenge, cruelty, impudence, stealing, lying, profanity, debauchery, nastiness and intemperance … strangers to every sentiment of compassion, and are an awful example of the corruption of man when left to himself.”


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Blacks Aren’t Fully Evolved

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which placed races of people along an evolutionary chain, said Blacks froze at puberty in their development and were comparable to white adolescents — thus needed to be cared for by whites.

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