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Their narratives explain that a VERY FEW white "slave-owners" DID seem to be trying to treat their African captives decently. Even they, however, were limited by their warped upbringings. Northrup, kidnapped into slavery, related that the white man who "bought" him also "bought" a mother, thus participating in the forced separation of her and her little girl! Northrup told how this white man seemed very sad when he realized that, but he left the little girl behind when those selling the little girl demanded a higher price for her. He acted as though he must obey and respect these men, as his social betters in the hierarchy. And Northrup (and surely this man) could hear the sellers talking about their plans to turn this little girl into a sex slave ASAP! The new "owner" of Northrup and that poor woman forced them to board a steamboat without that poor little girl, although he did give the poor stunned mother a few days off to recover from the shock (how magnimous, eh?). This owner seemed to be trying to supply living quarters for everybody (hooray, eh?). Northrup relates how he and the other slaves were expected to supply much of their OWN FOOD, THEMSELVES. Northrup, born and raised a free man in northern New York State, taught the others how to build and set fish traps in the river that could supply supper after a hard day's work. Frederick Douglass related how some of his "owners" tried to provide enough food to fill the stomachs of their captives each night, although usually it was just some porridge to be cooked. Eurgene D. Genovese, in The Political Economy of Slavery (an outstanding book summarizing some painstaking studies of the slave south), related how his research team discovered that the caloric value of the work slaveowners recorded for their slaves FAR FAR OUTWEIGHED the caloric value of the FOOD they admitted providing. This was only part of how these researchers discovered the vast slave underground market in which the more energetic and brainy "slaves" tried to keep each other supplied with their basic needs.
As for the people in the North being jealous because of the South having "more money," let us ask ourselves JUST WHO HAD MORE MONEY? It was the RICH ARISTOCRATIC PLANTATION OWNERS AND THEIR BUDDIES who had more money and more material wealth. I recall reading in the works of some Northern abolitionist, years ago, that part of their motivation came from the fact that travels down to the South revealed a HUGE SOCIAL GAP between the rich whites and the other whites. They saw that there were many more poor whites down there who were much poorer than most whites in the North, and that many of these poor whites seemed so sad and underfed, discouraged and downtrodden in the rigid neo-medieval social order of the Slave States. Ulysses S. Grant noted that his observations during the Civil War showed him that the poor whites drafted to do most of the actual work of soldiering seemed to be mostly just as competent as the white Northern soldiers. Since almost everybody in the North was expected to do some manual labor, even prosperous ones, Grant had grown up doing manual labor, like everybody around him. That was how he could tell that the Southern soldiers HAD BEEN GIVEN ONLY VERY P0OR TOOLS to work with. Guess what? Eugene D. Genovese and his team also noticed this. How? They could tell from the merchandise records that THE SOUTHERN ARISTOCRATS IN CHARGE OF DECIDING MOST PURCHASES KNEW NOTHING WORTH MENTIONING ABOUT MANUAL LABOR OR REAL TOOLS, AND SO THEY CONTINUALLY INSISTED ON BUYING ONLY THE CHEAPEST (AND POOREST) tools. Further research suggested that it was very hard for ordinary white people to obtain good tools, because there were not very many of them down there. And of course the poor Black slaves NEVER got decent tools. Eugene D. Genovese also noticed that the Suthern banking system was definitely rigged to favor the rich plantation-owners.
These people are FILTHY LIARS! Now, listen! If you are the descendant of one of these Southern "slave-owners," please understand that we do not blame you for what your ancestors did. We do not want to punish you for what your ancestors did. Just please READ A FEW REAL HISTORIES. And please stop pretending that the Black people were just subhumans whose descendants should be grateful to your ancestors. And if you are descended from poor Southern whites, please understand, please NOTICE that Northern Abolitionists KNEW and WROTE about the sufferings of your ancestors as well. And that war was partly fought to help your ancestors, too. It is just that the Black "slaves" were suffering even MORE, so they had to care about them even MORE.
There was a picture of a young Black "slave" who ran away to join the Union Army. He is covered with scars from many whippings. And he has almost NO fat on him anywhere. He is so heartbreakingly SKINNY! He has only muscles from WORKING VERY HARD for YEARS. I cannot ever forget the brave look in that young man's eyes. We owe him our LOYALTY. And we owe it to him to TELL THE TRUTH AGAIN AND AGAIN.