When I think about the many blind spots in my (1980s rural middle-TN) history education, one of the biggest is the implicit notion that "values were different then" ...
... as though the people wiping out Native Americans or enslaving Africans just didn't know better, didn't yet understand what we enlightened moderns understand. That was the uniting theme of every discussion of slavery.
It's total whitewashing BS. Plenty of people knew slavery was wrong, and argued as much, at the time. America's own founders knew it was wrong! America chose a morally monstrous course with eyes wide open.
Anyway this thread is good on that subject.
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