I notice in TheMomCat’s This Day In History that today marks the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America.
Here’s something I wrote a while back on The Stars Hollow Gazette. Something I’ve learned recently is that while the average price of a slave in 1861 was a little more than $40,000 (in inflation adjusted dollars), it’s just $90 today.
(T)his has basically turned a human being into a cheap commodity – Bales says like a Styrofoam cup that’s cheaply replaceable if damaged, “If they get sick, what’s the point of paying for medicine – it’s cheaper to let them die and acquire a new one than it is to help the ones you’ve got.”
BREAKING: South Carolina Secedes from Union!
by: ek hornbeck, Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 14:44:01 PM EST
The New York Times was, typically, wrong.
FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.; PUBLIC FEELING IN CHARLESTON
THE LEADING MEN IN THE SECESSION MOVEMENT
MISGIVINGS ABOUT THE ISSUE.
Published: December 15, 1860
Emphasis in the original.
I think what’s important to remember as we celebrate the sesquicentennial is the root cause of the Rebellion.
A group of wealthy men thought it was ok to work, breed, and sell human beings like animals based on the color of their skin.
More than that, they were upset that certain Northern States were insufficiently zealous about finding their property for them when it got ‘lost’, causing significant impact to the bottom line.
And also their honor was offended that anyone could think this behavior morally wrong. It hurt their sensitive feelings.