Cartwright's One-Sided Thoughts on Slavery

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To Cartwright, slavery was a moral evil because he believed that it made whites slave holders lazy. He felt that since slave holders had their slaves doing all of the housework, then they believed having to do so themselves would be like lowering their status. In other words the rich slave holders had lost the value of work to the point that if they had to do so themselves would be like lowing themselves to the same level as slaves...
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This view can partly be found in the reason why he wanted to move out of Kentucky, "Second, I could raise my children to work where work was not thought a degradation." (Cartwright, 19). Cartwright wanted for whites to still have great work values instilled because he came from a family that had to work for everything that they had...
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