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Slavery and the Moral Depravation of a Nation Slavery is a well-known disgrace of the past It is important to realize that this is true not only for the injustices done unto the slaves but for the negative effects on the slaveholders When basic rights of freedom are denied in a society no ethical principles will be upheld The fact that this sinful treatment of other human beings was permitted had a morally crippling effect on the entire country The power that slavery put in the hands of whites made them exploiting and cruel Slavery corrupts the morals of everyone within its reach President Thomas Jefferson was noting just this when he commented There must doubtless be an unhappy influence on the members of our people produced by the existence of slavery among us Jefferson He pointed out that children of slavemasters grow up witnessing the abuse and cruelty that goes on and incorporate it into their own personalities as adults In this way slavery is so dangerous Younger generations when forming their senses of right and wrong are presented with examples of brutality that are widely deemed acceptable And once daily trained in this tyrannical manner they become stamped with odious peculiarities Jefferson Often times slave children and the masters children will play together as equals But at one point they have to face the unjust reality that it cant continue Jacobs 211 Even if they both look as white as the master the slave will have his path of pain and suffering chosen for him How can we support an institution that contributes to the slow degradation of the nations merit Furthermore Jefferson questions can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God No one will be able to live with the confidence of assured liberties
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