The abolitionist argument could be adequately met only by proving that slavery was a positive good, an institution that harmonized with the nature of things, a social arrangement which was a. On the senate floor in 1837, john c calhoun pronounced slavery a good--a positive good and set the tone for future southern proslavery arguments before the 1830s, southern statements on slavery had been defensive afterward, they were defiant. If they let go of slavery, the slaves can wage war upon the white race through fearing for their lives, the southerners also held onto their slavesthe south's proslavery argument is a basis in which the southerners defend the right to own slaves as a positive good rather than a moral evil. This is a fine study root finds in the virginia slavery debates a prelude to calhoun's positive good theory of slavery of particular note is root's solid understanding of political philosophy, a virtue usually missing in contemporary histories. As to why calhoun determined slavery as a positive good, he touches upon the idea only superficially his reasoning coincides with similar ideas expressed at various times by folks like lincoln.
If slavery was a positive good, if its effects were benevolent for the entire society, then—argued fitzhugh—race should make no difference slavery was as good for whites as it was for blacks. Slavery in the united states was the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of africans and african americans, a positive good. In 1837 john c calhoun, a congressman from south carolina, delivered a speech expounding on his reasons for why slavery was a good thing here is a brief summary and analysis of his speech.
The slave power conspiracy took a decisive step forward in 1837, when the evil genius john c calhoun of south carolina, in another turning point in history, declared that slavery was not an unfortunate evil but a desirable thing, a positive good. Slavery happened it all societies, even in the past in the united states they treat the slaves well the relations are good between the two races in the south. Slavery as a positive good question when referring to the days of slavery, it is often assumed that the south was the sole force behind its continuance however there were many factors which lead southerners as well as some in the north to quietly accept slavery as a good thing. The southerners, on the other hand, claimed that slavery was a positive good they claimed slavery helped spread christianity and its virtues to the barbaric african slaves each side had their own views of slavery and arguments to support those views.
It was in this context of invincible northern racism, inflammatory abolitionist agitation over slavery-but devoid of any morally responsible program to eliminate it-that calhoun made his remark about slavery being a positive good. Question 1 (5 points) (0402 mc)in john c calhoun's eyes, what made slavery a positive good (5 points) question 1 options: 1) it led to more rapid economic and industrial development than was possible in the regions without it. Though the book contains a great many memorable passages, this excerpt expands on calhoun's point that slavery was indeed a positive good: the negro slaves of the south are the happiest, and in some sense, the freest people in the world. Read the passage excerpt from slavery a positive good by senator john c calhoun, february 6, 1837 in the decades preceding the united states civil war, the practice of slavery was a widely debated topic.
Whereas other southern politicians had excused slavery as a necessary evil, in a famous speech on the senate floor on february 6, 1837, calhoun asserted that slavery was a positive good  he rooted this claim on two grounds: white supremacy and paternalism. The positive good theory is the idea that slavery was not, actually a necessary evil, as jefferson would describe it, but a good-a positive good institution for both blacks and whites in that whites get cheap manual labor and blacks benefit from the civilizing effect of being under the guidance of benevolent whites, and exposure to. In conclusion, the positive good argument was nothing short of a means for whites of all classes on both sides of the mason-dixie line to ease their own guilt over the institution of slavery it is human nature to put a positive spin on something we benefit from.
By: emily oliva & piero rocca slavery a positive good in looking back, i see nothing to regret and little to correct -john caldwell calhoun. Slavery a positive good john c calhoun (speech to the us senate) february 06, 1837 this is a portion of john c calhoun's speech to the us senate in 1837. In february 1837, south carolina senator john c calhoun changed the tone of the cultural, religious, political, and social war over slavery by declaring human bondage a positive good. Subsequently, in 1837, william harper, author of the south carolina nullification ordinance of 1832, wrote that slavery was not just a necessary evil which the bible did not forbid, but a positive good for slave, master, and civilization.
Slavery a positive good john c calhoun february 6, 1837 i do not belong, said mr c, to the school which holds that aggression is to be met by. Then imagine that, as part of an effort to observe black history month, your teacher instructs you and your classmates to discuss the good aspects of slavery -- even offering 10 extra points on the next test to the student offering the best answer. John c calhoun slavery a positive good delivered february 6, 1837 the peculiar institution of the south--that, on the maintenance of which the very existence of the. The defenders of slavery included economics, history, religion, legality, social good, and even humanitarianism, to further their arguments defenders of slavery argued that the sudden end to the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact in the south where reliance on slave labor was the foundation of their economy.