Cannibals all! or, Slaves without masters
DigiCat, 29 Mei 2022 - 226 halaman
George Fitzhugh's 'Cannibals All! or, Slaves without Masters' delves into the contentious mid-19th-century debates on the moralities and economics of slavery. With assertive prose and polemical zeal, Fitzhugh presents the case for slavery as a civilizing and protective institution. He juxtaposes the Southern slavery system with the 'wage slavery' of the North, contending that the latter offers no real freedom or security for the workers. The book's archaic literary style and the provocatively ironic title underline its historical and ideological importance, anchoring it firmly within antebellum Southern thought and the wider literature of American social critique. Fitzhugh, known for his outspoken advocacy for the Southern cause and a social system buttressed by slavery, was deeply influenced by the sociopolitical climate of pre-Civil War America. His arguments mirror the pseudo-aristocratic ethos prevalent among the Southern elite, aiming to justify and perpetuate a mode of production and social hierarchy rooted in involuntary servitude. Fitzhugh's work offers crucial insight into the intellectual defense mechanisms employed by proponents of slavery, reflecting the underlying fears of unsettling a deeply entrenched socio-economic order. 'Cannibals All! or, Slaves without Masters' comes recommended to scholars and students of American history, sociologists, and those interested in the ideological foundations of social systems. Though its arguments are now discredited, understanding Fitzhugh's perspective is vital to grasping the complexities of pre-Civil War American society. It serves as a stark reminder of the potent intersection of economic interests and racial ideology in the shaping of historical narratives and presents a challenging yet indispensable text for comprehending the antebellum South's worldview.
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