Time will inevitably change everything. That being said, more than roughly a century and a half ago the institution of racial slavery was a heavily debated societal issue, which led to the Civil War. It is my own personal opinion that slavery is best defined as the absolute ownership of another human’s life as personal property, and this practice of racial slavery served widely as one of the only means for economic prosperity throughout the Deep South. Wealthy plantation owners, subsistence slaveholding farmers, and even northern abolitionists who were involved in the purchasing cotton from southern slave states and weaving that cotton into clothes for sale benefited economically from slave labor. This unique American practice of forced
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However, slaves were not the only people blinded by religions’ false realities. Southern white Christian philosophies often claimed that the institution of slavery represented Gods love for people through a master’s kind care for his slaves. This ultimately brainwashing-effect convinced many white southerners that slavery was mutually beneficial for both the masters and their slaves. Thus through the Christianizing of slavery as an institution, many religious proslavery beliefs created a wide spread God-like complex throughout southern society which promoted white racial superiority.
In the anthology “Proslavery and Sectional Thought in the Early South, 1740-1829 Edited by Jeffrey Robert Young,” it states that the formal defense of slavery is rooted in the emergence of the “First Great Awakening,” which started in the 1730’s (Young 68.) Prior to the 1730’s, many planter aristocrats and slaveholders at that time believed that by enlightening slaves with the Christian faith they would become disdainful, rebellious and un-submissive towards their masters (Whitefield 71.) George Whitefield, a proslavery Anglican minister, was rudimentary in constituting Christian proslavery ideologies, which he introduced during the “First Awakening” in letters addressed to the inhabitants of Maryland, Virginia, and both of the Carolinas written in 1740. In these letters, Whitefield