"Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a "sacred right of self-government." These principles can not stand together. They are as opposite as God and mammon; and whoever holds to the one, must despise the other."
A. Lincoln, Speech at Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854
Too bad he ignored the rest of the paragraph where all men are created equal can be found.
So, did he do anything to free Irish wage slaves from the Northern companies? Living on company land, buying at company stores. Perhaps the Southerners should have wizened up and given their slaves wages minus deductions for living arrangements, food, and clothing. If they wanted to go to another plantation they could have just beat them to death or have shot them.
At least he was consistent in shooting down recommendations that the draft be used, as that would be coercing men to fight against their will, much like slavery forced them to work. Oh wait, he didn't.
Lincoln was a tyrant and a bloody-handed hypocrite.
LOL..One specious argument after another.
It's a real stretch to compare Chattel Slavery with "Wage Slavery"... As bad as factory conditions were in the 1860's and other labor no one could sell your children or your wife...Grow up
Well, that's one way of looking at it. Factory slave or plantation slave, either one beats the hell out of what the bluebellies would do to you if you were an Indian.
How about forcing someone to fight? Forcing someone to take a minie ball to the gut is pretty immoral. Especially when it is not a matter of defense but rather to subjugate another people. And then hanging them if they leave or resist.
You're all over the map..That is because it's really hard to defend slavery. Your comparisons fall very short. IMHO
My my aren't we politically correct all of a sudden. The Indians did their fair share of butchery too:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_War_of_1862
On August 17, 1862, one young Dakota with a hunting party of three others killed five settlers while on a hunting expedition. That night a council of Dakota decided to attack settlements throughout the Minnesota River valley to try to drive whites out of the area. There has never been an official report on the number of settlers killed, although figures as high as 800 have been cited.
Over the next several months, continued battles pitting the Dakota against settlers and later, the United States Army, ended with the surrender of most of the Dakota bands. By late December 1862, soldiers had taken captive more than a thousand Dakota, who were interned in jails in Minnesota. After trials and sentencing, 38 Dakota were hanged on December 26, 1862, in the largest one-day execution in American history. In April 1863, the rest of the Dakota were expelled from Minnesota to Nebraska and South Dakota. The United States Congress abolished their reservations.