Hubbard's observation reminded me of my 1972 job interview...
Many whites lived in conditions almost as bad as slavery during those times. They would work all year for food and a shack over their heads with nothing left to show for their labor. Most did not own property but lived and worked on the land owners property. Their ability to feed their families were dependent upon whether they stayed in favor with the few powerful landowners. Many of these poor illiterate whites fought in the war because they wanted to retain favor with their providers or because of their patriotism in defending their local states authority. They saw the Union and the federal government as invaders. There was a huge difference in perceived freedom, federal government power and state or local power before the Civil War.
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative." Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."
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