7 Ways Some White People Justified American Slavery

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Slavery Kept Blacks Sane

This one came about as a result of the 1840 census, which claimed that “insanity and idiocy” was up to 11 times more prevalent in Northern free Negroes than Southern Negroes — leading Secretary of State John C. Calhoun in 1844 to conclude that the data proved the “necessity of slavery” because it protected Blacks “from mental death.”

 

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