human will and initiative is particularly prominent.
A sentimental bishop was the first to suggest the importation of Africans to America
in order to relieve the Indians from the labor which their spirit could not brook.
It was a philanthropic business at the start.
Indians would not work, Negroes would.
Here again the human factor asserted itself.
The cavalier immigrants of the South
did not like to work, the Puritans of the North
did; hence one of the reasons that slavery flourished only below Mason
refers to this fact as “one of those strange happenings” called “coincidences” ! “The interesting point lies,” he goes on to say, “in the fact that in Europe
it was just the cavalier who represented the old feudal organization of society with its servile system of labor, while the Puritan
is the representative of the rapidly rising bourgeoisie which was to rest upon the status of wageslavery.”
“Strange happening,” “coincidence,” “interesting point” ! This is certainly most naive.
There was no reason why slaves should not be employed in the North
in raising wheat as well as in the South
in raising cotton, except that the Northerners did not want them, and heredity as well as climate goes to account for the difference.
himself quotes from the work of an ante-bellum author a reference to German settlers who, “true to ”