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originally posted by: Annee
originally posted by: smurfy
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: smurfy
No, im correct. And i believe you and I are actually saying the same thing more or less .
He was not against slavery due to compassion. It was expediency, although i believe it arose from a desire to provide more expedient governance more than laziness.
he kept his father-in-law's slaves because he needed money basically to cover reparations imposed on him.
That was against his FIL wishes and his will when his FIL died.
Plus he separated families, used brutal punishments, etc.
His actions - - outweigh his words on paper.