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  •  They did not ALL own slaves. (0+ / 0-)

    Not even close.

    This site gives the biggest range (and an interesting analysis for the higher number).

    Chances are, if you're interested in the Civil War or Civil War memory, you may recognize 6% as the number of white Southerners who owned slaves in 1860 (some say 5%. Whatever). In many apologetic texts, this number magically morphs into 6% of Confederate soldiers (or fewer!). Nevermind that recent scholarship puts the number of Confederate soldiers who lived in slaveowning families at well over a third.


    Most southerners were farmers. Most of them were pretty poor. Most did not own slaves. Even if you accept this blogger's 30% number (I don't know anything about the blogger. He just provided analysis to support his views, so I thought I'd include it instead of the 5-10% I've always read), that still leaves a large majority who did not.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:30:04 AM PST

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    •  But southern founders almost all did (0+ / 0-)

      Also, the founding was in the late 1700's, not 1860. But you knew that of course.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:09:54 AM PST

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