Confederate “Freedom”

[At the national Democratic Convention in Charleston in April, 1860, Alabama secessionist William Lowndes Yancey asked why northerners found slavery distasteful]
“I have no doubt, gentlemen, that each of you here enjoys most pleasantly the hospitalities of this city–even such hospitalities as you pay for so magnificently,” he suggested. Black slaves in Charleston waited on them, attended to their comfort, and waited for their further command. Yancey promised northern delegates that the same advantages awaited them in the territories if they would but endorse the proslavery plank. “If we beat you, we will give you good servants for life and enable you to live comfortably,” Yancey promised. Poor whites would find themselves elevated from menial chores that denigrate “the highest order of civilization,” and take their proper place “amongst the master race and put the negro race to do the dirty work which God designed they should do.”
Eric H. Walther, William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2006, p. 241)

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