A Self-Evident Lie: Southern Slavery and the Threat to by Jeremy J. Tewell

By Jeremy J. Tewell

A Self-Evident Lie explores and underscores the terror and intricate that means of “slavery” to northerners prior to the Civil conflict. Many northerners requested: If slavery used to be the beneficent and paternalistic establishment that southerners claimed, may possibly it now not be utilized with equivalent morality to whites in addition to blacks? Republicans many times expressed drawback that proslavery arguments weren't inherently racial. without reference to race, someone might fall sufferer to the argument that they have been “inferior,” that they'd be at an advantage enslaved, that their enslavement served the pursuits of society, or that their subjugation used to be justified by way of heritage and religion.

In trenchant and sleek prose, Jeremy Tewell argues that a few Republicans, such a lot significantly Abraham Lincoln, held that the one powerful shield of person liberty was once common liberty, as expressed within the statement of Independence. so long as american citizens believed that “all males” have been endowed with inalienable rights to existence, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, everyone’s liberty will be self-evident, despite circumstance.

Conversely, the excuses intended to exclude a phase of society from the rights of guy labored to ruin the self-evidence of these very rights. for that reason, by means of failing to repudiate slavery—thus rejecting the universality of human liberty—northerners made themselves prone to proslavery rationales, particularly after they occurred to occupy a place of political, social, or financial weak point. Black epidermis have been stigmatized as a badge of servitude, yet there has been not anything to assure that white dermis might constantly function an unimpeachable badge of freedom.

This used to be a tremendous subject matter in Lincoln’s crusade opposed to Stephen A. Douglas and used to be a key argument opposed to using well known sovereignty because the technique for deciding on slavery’s prestige within the territories. in line with Tewell, Lincoln’s maximum problem was once to persuade northern audiences that easy indifference to slavery was once itself inimical to the freedom of whites.

A Self-Evident Lie will intrigue somebody attracted to concerns relating to Lincoln, slavery and antislavery, the Civil conflict, and American highbrow history.

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