We struggled in class the other day to address the idea that an individual could own slaves, and still profess to be Christian. Slavery was often called a 'peculiar institution', meaning that it was difficult to defend slavery on a moral basis, but yet it still persisted as an economic necessity.
What are some of the arguments presented in the reading that defend slavery? Which ones hold water?
Remember that we need to put ourselves in a 19th century mindset...instead of immediately dismissing all the arguments as moot, consider why they were presented and defended at the time.