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Written by Jerry
(8/26/2013 4:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, slaves, penned by bridget d
...and don't understand how various biographers have suggested that JA was an abolitionist. Nothing appears in her letters or those of her family which suggest this. I think the biographers are simply assuming that many intellectuals in Regency society were opposed to slavery and imputing this also applied to JA. As we all know JA's novels are very apolitical.
I have to disagree with your comment that owning slaves did not mean he wholeheartedly agreed with slavery. Much has been said about men such as Thomas Jefferson who owned slaves and even fathered a child with a slave. Their other good works does not justify their owning of slaves and smacks of serious hypocrisy.
Sugar plantations in the Indies could not survive without slavery and to own slaves clearly implies support for it. Slavery lied at the heart of the success or failure of Sir Thomas' plantation. There was no such thing as benevolence for those who owned slaves regardless of how they were treated. Simply owning slaves is one of the worst kinds of human behavior.
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