Cannibals All! Or, Slaves without Masters (The John Harvard by George Fitzhugh, C. Vann Woodward

By George Fitzhugh, C. Vann Woodward

Cannibals All! obtained extra recognition in William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator than the other publication within the background of that abolitionist magazine. And Lincoln is related to were extra angered by means of George Fitzhugh than by means of the other pro-slavery author, but he unconsciously paraphrased Cannibals All! in his apartment Divided speech. Fitzhugh was once provocative due to his stinging assault on loose society, laissez-faire financial system, and salary slavery, besides their philosophical underpinnings. He used socialist doctrine to protect slavery and drew upon a similar facts Marx utilized in his indictment of capitalism. Socialism, he held, was once simply "the new trendy identify for slavery," notwithstanding slavery used to be way more humane and dependable, "the most sensible and most typical type of socialism." His preferable testimony used to be offered via the abolitionists themselves. He combed the diatribes in their neighbors, the reformers, transcendentalists, and utopians, opposed to the social evils of the North. "Why all this," he requested, "except that loose society is a failure?" the difficulty began, in accordance with Fitzhugh, with John Locke, "a presumptuous charlatan," and with the heresies of the Enlightenment. within the nice Lockean consensus that makes up American inspiration from Benjamin Franklin to Franklin Roosevelt, Fitzhugh consequently stands proud as a lone dissenter who makes the traditional polarities among Jefferson and Hamilton, or Hoover and Roosevelt, look insignificant. Beside him Taylor, Randolph, and Calhoun mixture inconspicuously into the yank consensus, all being apostles of John Locke in some extent. An highbrow culture that suffers from uniformity--even whether it is virtuous, liberal conformity--could stand a little bit distinction, and George Fitzhugh can offer extra of it than the other American philosopher.

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The respectable way of living is to make other people work for you, and to pay them nothing for so doing - and to have no concern about them after their work is done. Hence, white slave-holding is much more respectable than negro slavery - for the master works nearly as hard for the negro as he for the master. But you, my virtuous, respectable reader, exact three thousand dollars per annum from white labor (for your income is the product of white labor) and make not one cent of return in any form.

Give you a palace, ten thousand acres of land, sumptuous clothes, equipage, and every other luxury; and with your artificial wants you are poorer than Robinson Crusoe, or the lowest working man, if you have no slaves to capital, or domestic slaves. Your capital will not bring you an income of a cent, nor supply 1. - 20 CANNIBALS ALL! one of your wants, without labor. Labor is indispensable to give value to property, and if you owned every thing else, and did not own labor, you would be poor. But fifty thousand dollars means, and is, fifty thousand dollars worth of slaves.

We have no peculiar fitness for the work we are engaged in, except the confidence that we address a public predisposed to approve our doctrines, however bold or novel. Heretofore the great difficulty in defending Slavery has arisen from the fear that the public would take offence at assaults on its long-cherished political axioms, which, nevertheless, stood in the way of that defence. It is now evident that those axioms have outlived their day - for no one, either North or South, has complained of our rather ferocious assault on them - much less attempted to reply to or refute our arguments and objections.

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