Death is better than slavery.
– Harriet Ann Jacobs
A lot of things that we cannot buy and sell in markets used to be totally legal objects of market exchange – human beings when we had slavery, child labour, human organs, and so on. So there is no economic theory that actually says that you shouldn’t have slavery or child labour because all these are political, ethical judgments.
– Ha-Joon Chang
Slavery existed before the formation of this Union. It derived from the Constitution that recognition which it would not have enjoyed without the confederation. If the States had not united together, there would have been no obligation on adjoining States to regard any species of property unknown to themselves.
– Jefferson Davis
We go to Europe, and they think we’re totally prejudiced ’cause we hang the bars and stripes. But for us, the bars and stripes doesn’t mean we want to see anybody in slavery or anything like that. It’s just our heritage. To us, the bars and stripes means grits, ‘y’all,’ and the beauty of the South. There’s no prejudice at all in that with us.
– Johnny Van Zant
It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?
– John Quincy Adams