Throughout history many things have happened that were by many thought to be unconscionable. Yet, the people who were putting their mark of unacceptance upon those committing these thought to be deplorable acts, were unaware of the actual situations, and in many cases, committing the same acts themselves. This was true during the Holy Wars, the Crusades and similar events. People who were not involved, often thought these acts of inhumanity to be reprehensible, but the parties involved, in their minds, had just cause
for what they were doing. When looking back at events such as these, one can’t help but wonder, “what the heck were they thinking?” When in actuality the people of those times felt that what they were doing was totally justified. The same is true for the institution of slavery. In modern times however, most people find such an institution to be worthless and inhumane. When one observes slavery through the eyes of a southerner during that
period, a plethora of justifications would be present. Also, Southerners of that time had reason to believe that the basis of the northern economy was more corrupt than theirs.
When defending slavery the first aspect that one must look at is that slavery was the basis of the southern economy. To put an end to slavery without reimbursement for southern losses would have been crippling to their whole economic structure.1 Reimbursement was also practically impossible since slaves, being human, were able to reproduce like the rest of their white counterparts. Though slaves needed not to be paid for their work on plantations, money was needed to provide for their care. That means that the south did not have a leg up on the north who had to pay the sometimes almost
non-existent wages of their workers. To be a slave at certain plantations could in many situations have been more comfortable than being a free northern factory worker. At times slaves were proud to be slaves for certain people. A sense of pride and dignity could be carried with a slave of the right owner. This was a much better feeling than the down in the dumps feelings that many northern workers had.
In the North people worked in factories. The conditions in these factories were in many cases worse than that of even the worst of plantations involved in the slave trade. Wages were almost non-existent, and the conditions of living at a factory was meager at
best. Owners of these factories were greedy and did not care about the lives of their employees because they knew that if their workers did not make it, then there would always be more people to come and work for them. Slave holders always had to make sure that they took care of their slaves like they took care of the rest of their property,
with care and pride. For if a slave were to perish, then that was a loss of money that wasalready spent, not just a loss of another replaceable worker.