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  •  Ture enough, to a point (1+ / 0-)
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    But I think we can agree to disagree on this.

    It's tempting to diminish the importance of the "original sin" of slavery and how it shaped and still shapes our nation, but I think we can not do so in this case. Given who insisted on the Second Amendment and the way it was phrased, given the documentation of their reasoning, it seems clear to me that we can not disregard slavery as an important factor in the crafting of the Second Amendment. I have yet to see alternative explanations that explain the deliberate wording of the amendment adequately without considering the issue of slavery.

    As for the contributions of the South to the Revolution, they should not be neglected or disregarded, but they should not be made more than they are either. The southern colonies it should be noted were operating under handicaps of a largely agrarian economy, climate, and disease. Which, not surprisingly, would also prove to be important factors not quite 100 years later.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:44:38 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      The role of slavery should never be disregarded. It was a factor to be sure. Unfortunately, many people here have taken an extremely reductivist view that slavery was the primary motivating force for colonial militias and the second amendment. That is not a viable argument.

      I also agree that the contributions of the Southern colonies to the Revolution should not be exaggerated, but in practice I don't think I have ever seen that happen. It is quite common however to see their contributions ignored or denied.

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