The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet it

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Burdick Brothers, 1857 - 420 pages

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About as important a book, written by a Southerner, before the US CIvil War, as you can find.
Helper, of course, detested blacks, and that's an understatement. Because he loathed the sight, smell
, sound, and even the idea of blacks in the Americas, he was against slavery.
Few people today realize Southern states made it a crime to speak, write, or preach against slavery, for any reason. Therefore, you could be arrested and tortured for owing Impending Crisis, as a North Carolina preacher found out. Others were arrested too -- even though they hated blacks, and that was their motivation to be against slavery, they were arrested. Cassius Clay was arrested, and while not tortured, he was escorted out of the South.
Read his book, it's amazing. No one tells us these things -- he does. How the South was poor, uneducated, and lazy -- how there was one basic means of getting rich in the South, slavery or profiting off it somehow. Whites, he claimed, would not work, or could not find work, because so much was done by slaves. There was no middle class to speak of, there was no art, no worthwhile education, no manufacturing, because of slavery. There was violence and oppression, even of whites, to further slavery. The South was kind of a hell hole with the lunatics in charge, covered by religion (that's not Hitlon's explanation, that's mine).
This book should be read by any student of history.



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Page 277 - And I will come near to you to judgment; And I will be a swift witness Against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, And against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, The widow, and the fatherless, And that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, Saith the Lord of hosts.
Page 263 - And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
Page 412 - And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul ; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day...
Page 197 - He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of INFIDEL powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain.
Page 217 - That no free government, or the blessing of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.
Page 195 - The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it; for man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.
Page 217 - That elections of members to serve as representatives of the people in assembly, ought to be free; and that all men having sufficient evidence of permanent common interest with, and attachment to the community, have the right of suffrage...
Page 247 - Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
Page 276 - Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
Page 195 - For if a slave can have a country in this world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and...

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