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  •  It is just a weak theory. (0+ / 0-)

    Planters were motivated to go with slavery by relative immunity to malaria being worth the extra hassle of slaveholding. In time that is what survived. Also, in time freemen were averse to doing field work. South became locked into slavery over time, hemmed in by its choices and how they played out. Consequences that we see playing out to this day.

    •  Clearly we disagree. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't consider the theory weak.  Deliberate efforts by those in power to pit groups against each other that should naturally be allies is a pretty well established means of social control.  And it seems a natural consequence of the planter class carving out the status of blacks and whites would be to consider the terms of their own status in relationship to their evolving culture and where they came from.

      I really meant to make a rather innocuous comment to the LBJ post, not start a historiography debate. I do think your theories about the role of disease in the evolution of a race-based slave system is interesting, though.

      Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell ya the truth -- B. Dylan

      by ponderer on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:09:44 PM PST

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