AP U.S. History: A Positive Good

John Calhoun's argument that slavery was "a positive good" meant that he thought that

AP U.S. HistoryPeriod 4: 1800-1848
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debate Gruen intensified the controversy turned into a deeper issue

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related to the distinct Southern identity against that of the

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North The Southern pro slavery movement began arguing that slavery

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was good for society based on economic moral and theological

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grounds Slavery economically benefited the South because it kept its

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economy balanced and strong It was considered morally acceptable because

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well as slave owners like Calhoun liked argue slaves benefited

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from slavery as the system improved them not only physically

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but morally and intellectually important Biblical figures such as Abraham

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were slaveholders which the South used as a religious argument

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for slavery Because while clearly all that New Testament stuff

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and old was about loving your neighbor as you love

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yourself it didn't count when it came to slaves Okay

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so that's See anyway is the right answer Slavery was

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good for society based on economic moral and ideological grounds

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Right Loser role Well before the controversy about slavery between

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South and North intensified during the first half of the

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nineteenth century some Southern politicians thought that slavery was a

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necessary evil solely based on economic grounds so get rid

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of be However the argument expanded to morality and religion

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as tensions grew like they just kind of made up

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arguments to prove a point Conversely it was northern abolitionist

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who thought that slavery was wrong for society based on

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economic moral and theological crowns They argued that slavery weakened

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the South's economy by making it overly dependent on cotton

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Finally the fact that Calhoun referred to slavery as a

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positive good is enough to tell us that well he

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didn't think there was anything wrong with it at all