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In the period before the civil war events were happening which would prove to be destructive to the Union The United States were roughly divided into two opposing groups one pro-slavery and the other pro-wage-labor There are different primary documents that manifest the two views on the subject Those people living in the South under the advantage of slave-labor express an unyielding support of slavery They compare the conditions of wage workers and slaves condemning the wage worker system and appraising the slavery system As Orestes A Brownson points out the laborer at wages has all the disadvantages of freedom and none of its blessings while the slave if denied the blessings is freed from the disadvantages Both systems provide no read benefit to the workers though they be slave or wage worker Orestes says that slaves are pretty well off considering they are fed daily clothed and sheltered They are scarcely abused and if abused only out of need William Harper states an important fact Security is one of the compensations of the slaves humble position This is quite true for who would personally want to murder a slave On the other hand who would want to murder a wage worker Anyway Harper says that a slave is well established and safe from many evils that might befall a worker Besides slaves are essential to the economy of the South and the North How else Harper argues would America grow cotton and produce cloth Abolition of slavery would entirely destroy the economy of America England and other countries dependent on the staple crop Solon Robinson writes that religion is very commonplace in slave-owning households than in wage-labor families in the North Therefore the whole attitude of slaves is more cheerful faithful and obedient than of wage workers For this very reason a certain Sir Charles Lyell claims that slaves do not strike While a group of Irishmen
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