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A Meditation On The Universality Of Slavery

Occasionally I find myself a witness to fascinating conversations and today while I had a moment to rest in between running various errands and preparing to head off to The Dalles (which I will be doing after I stop at … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Critical Study Of Nullification In South Carolina

A Critical Study Of Nullification In South Carolina, by David Franklin Houston This book is an interesting one in that it provides a scholarly and deeply historical look at the reasons why South Carolina became such a noted state in … Continue reading

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Juneteenth And Salvation

In many ways, the festival of Juneteenth can be seen as an analogy to the process of salvation.  Although I have written about the festival before [1], it has gotten a lot more attention as of late as a celebration … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mr. Jefferson’s Lost Cause

Mr. Jefferson’s Lost Cause:  Land, Farmers, Slavery, And The Louisiana Purchase, by Roger G. Kennedy The biggest mistake the author makes is in the title–and it may be the publisher’s fault and not his own to attempt to cash in … Continue reading

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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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