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22. There must have been many positive aspects - slavery lasted for several thousand years
Sat Apr 21, 2018, 08:11 AM
Apr 2018

It probably began around 10,000 years ago in the Middle East with agriculture, which involves a lot of hard, dreary work when done with hand tools. It is easier to make others do the work, than do it yourself.

Once civilization, i.e the building of cities, began, there was a lot of other dreary work constructing city walls, aqueducts, canals, ports, etc. that people wouldn't do unless compelled. But it was agriculture that enabled cities, since hunting/gathering produced too few calories per square mile to support more than villages.

Manufacturing and industrialization made slavery obsolete, since it was inefficient to have to feed, clothe, and house slaves during periods when work wasn't available. It was more efficient to hire people by the hour and then lay them off when not needed. The capital no longer tied up in slaves could also be devoted to the more valuable buildings and machinery.

School responds to assignment asking students to list 'positives' of slavery oberliner Apr 2018 #1
Thank you Michael Harriot! ProudLib72 Apr 2018 #2
Yes, that got me too. mountain grammy Apr 2018 #4
At First, I Missed The By-Line ProfessorGAC Apr 2018 #21
I want to know tnlurker Apr 2018 #3
Charter school. Surprised ? n/t jaysunb Apr 2018 #5
History is being reworked in Texas Major Nikon Apr 2018 #6
That revisionism -- that the Civil War was about states' rights, not slavery, has been going on PoindexterOglethorpe Apr 2018 #13
Yeah, about the time of the Civil Rights Movement Major Nikon Apr 2018 #16
Probably ask Glen Beck rpannier Apr 2018 #17
I just can't, Does that teacher have rocks for a brain? tulipsandroses Apr 2018 #7
I bet the teacher watches Fox sharedvalues Apr 2018 #12
Hey, Randy Newman wrote a song about edhopper Apr 2018 #8
A better scenario, science fiction, not history would be: rusty quoin Apr 2018 #9
Texas gets the biggest say in what textbooks are used all across the country world wide wally Apr 2018 #10
GOP teacher? Watches Fox? sharedvalues Apr 2018 #11
It's not just about history...it's also about the here and now since slavery is still going on. Kirk Lover Apr 2018 #14
On that note loyalsister Apr 2018 #23
Can I list a positive impact of slavery? Cracklin Charlie Apr 2018 #15
This is the second (at least) time a similar assignment has been posted to DU Ms. Toad Apr 2018 #18
It grew the Baptist, Methodist & Presbyterian Churches, who promoted Southern Paternalism. TheBlackAdder Apr 2018 #19
And then we have, "Ten conservatives who have praised slavery" progressoid Apr 2018 #20
There must have been many positive aspects - slavery lasted for several thousand years FarCenter Apr 2018 #22
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