Cannibals All! Or, Slaves without Masters
Harvard University Press, 30 Jun 2009 - 304 halaman
Cannibals All! got more attention in William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator than any other book in the history of that abolitionist journal. And Lincoln is said to have been more angered by George Fitzhugh than by any other pro-slavery writer, yet he unconsciously paraphrased Cannibals All! in his House Divided speech. Fitzhugh was provocative because of his stinging attack on free society, laissez-faire economy, and wage slavery, along with their philosophical underpinnings. He used socialist doctrine to defend slavery and drew upon the same evidence Marx used in his indictment of capitalism. Socialism, he held, was only the new fashionable name for slavery, though slavery was far more humane and responsible, the best and most common form of socialism. His most effective testimony was furnished by the abolitionists themselves. He combed the diatribes of their friends, the reformers, transcendentalists, and utopians, against the social evils of the North. Why all this, he asked, except that free society is a failure? The trouble all started, according to Fitzhugh, with John Locke, a presumptuous charlatan, and with the heresies of the Enlightenment. In the great Lockean consensus that makes up American thought from Benjamin Franklin to Franklin Roosevelt, Fitzhugh therefore stands out as a lone dissenter who makes the conventional polarities between Jefferson and Hamilton, or Hoover and Roosevelt, seem insignificant. Beside him Taylor, Randolph, and Calhoun blend inconspicuously into the American consensus, all being apostles of John Locke in some degree. An intellectual tradition that suffers from uniformity--even if it is virtuous, liberal conformity--could stand a bit of contrast, and George Fitzhugh can supply more of it than any other American thinker.
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Christian Morality Impracticable in Free Society — But the Natural Morality of Slave Society 217 xxvu. Slavery — Its Effects on the Free 220 xxvm. Private Property Destroys Liberty and Equality 222 xxix. The National Era an Excellent ...
He acquired several slaves through his marriage, practiced law in a desultory way, and fathered a family of nine children." He was a confirmed homebody. "Love and veneration for the family is with us not only a principle, but probably a ...
Plantation slavery of the South was "the beau ideal of Communism; it is a joint concern, in which the slave consumes more than the master, . . . is far happier . . . is always sure of a support . . . and is as happy as a human being can ...
The slave is never without a master to maintain him." The consequence was that "At the slaveholding South all is peace, quiet, plenty and contentment. We have no mobs, no trades unions, no strikes for higher wages, no armed resistance ...
... right secured by law to hold five hundred subjects, or negro slaves, and ten thousand acres of land, to the exclusion of everybody else . . . an exclusive hereditary privilege far transcending any held by the nobility of Europe.
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LibraryThing ReviewUlasan Pengguna - ColeSimmons - LibraryThing
Insightful commentary into the meaning of labor and its relation to capital. Fitzhugh proves himself a more than capable defender of the antebellum South while offering a damning critique of values we now take for granted in the modern world. Baca ulasan lengkap
LibraryThing ReviewUlasan Pengguna - heidilove - LibraryThing
i love this. it's a primary source in its own right for the antebellum period, but still is meaningful today for those of us trapped in the corporate culture we inherited after the industrial revolution. a fresh perspective on work and society. Baca ulasan lengkap