Debate on Slavery


Debateon Slavery

Beinga plantation owner, I am in support of George Fitzhugh, a socialtheorist who was in support of slavery. Fitzhugh was of the opinionthat all kind of labor must be enslaved, and, therefore, the worldwould either be all slave or completely free. He justified thatslavery was not only meant for black people but also white peopletoo, and hence race did not make any difference. As a plantationowner, I concur with him as abolishing slavery would mean that theslaves would not be able to take care of themselves especially sincethey have worked so long as slaves. It would, therefore, be verycruel to let the slaves go free and after they would fall intosuffering and destitution.

Anotherreason as a plantation owner why I do not think slavery should bedone away with is because slavery is natural and that is why peoplewho have more, are more intelligent, have technological prowess oreven capable of fighting in many cases become masters of the inferiorpeople. This is why since I own a plantation it is only logical thatI would have people working for me. This sentiment is also shared byAbraham Lincoln, who in an 1858 debate stated that he believed whiteand black races have a physical difference which always forbids thetwo races from living together in harmony.

Asa plantation owner, I will adhere to what George Fitzhugh statesthose for domestic slavery to thrive the owners have to be providedfor whether young or old, in both sickness and health basing all thisto the slaves wants not labor they are providing.

Q.2 follow up question

Thesalient point of my paper will be the proclamation of 1763. GeorgeIII was concerned about the cost incurred when defending the coloniesand so he prevented all the settlement west mainly in the AppalachianMountains with no guarantees that the local Native American nationswould have security. This prevented colonial governments and privatecitizens from buying land or making whatever agreement with thenatives. Reason being, all official relations would be conducted bythe Empire.


GeorgeF. (1854). Sociology for the South, or the Failure of a Free Society(Richmond A. Morris Publisher) pp 244.

Lowance,M. I. (2003). Ahouse divided: The antebellum slavery debates in America, 1776-1865.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.