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But Without Your Consent, I Wanted To Do Nothing

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the UCG Portland congregation on Sabbath, May 16, 2020.] The problem of coercion and consent are important ones in our times.  Whether we examine the continuing debate over the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Frederick Douglass: Freedom’s Force

Frederick Douglass:  Freedom’s Force, by Melva Lawson Ware Of the three books I read about Douglass’ life, this was the one that was the most complete and it is certainly an interesting and noteworthy one that is easy to appreciate.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Frederick Douglass (Journey To Freedom)

Journey To Freedom:  Frederick Douglass, by John Passaro This book gives what I would consider to be a brief and very standard review of Frederick Douglass’ life that is targeted mainly at younger readers.  Although such books are typically shallow … Continue reading

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Good For Whom?

One of the many economic questions that I am fascinated by is the debate over whether or not slavery was profitable for the South.  As this subject was fought over considerably before the Civil War started and continues to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Did Slavery Pay?

Did Slavery Pay?, by Hugh G.J. Aitken This book was a deeply fascinating one for me to read and it is a book that I can wholeheartedly recommend to someone who wants to recognize the struggle in economic history between … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Political Economy Of The Cotton South

The Political Economy Of The Cotton South:  Households, Markets, ANd Wealth In The Nineteenth Century, by Gavin Wright The question of the profitability of slavery is one that has always struck me as deeply interesting and sometimes quite funny.  Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unburdened By Conscience

Unburdened By Conscience:  A Black People’s Collective Account Of America’s Ante-Bellum South And The Aftermath, by Anthony W. Neal It is obvious that I am not the intended audience of this book any more than the books written by white … Continue reading

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Book Review: Slaves And Slavery In Ancient Rome

Slaves And Slavery In Ancient Rome, by Zvi Yavetz What is it that you think of when you think of slavery in ancient Rome?  There are admittedly several angles that you could think of, but in judging this book it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancient Slavery And Modern Ideology

Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology, by M.I. Finley While this book does contain a lot of information about both ancient slavery and modern ideology, it regrettably contains more information than one would want about the latter and not as much … Continue reading

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Book Review: Slavery In Ancient Greece

Slavery In Ancient Greece, by Yvon Garlan, translated by Janet Lloyd In reading a book like this you have to be really cautious about the sort of message it presents.  The author clearly has a perspective, and all too often … Continue reading

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