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Please read the documents and reply to the following prompts in an initial post of at least 300 words total:
- How do these documents defend the institution of slavery? Which explanation appears to be the most important to these pro-slavery writers? Consider the tone of the authors’ arguments—is slavery a regrettable, but necessary evil? A positive good? Support your conclusions with examples from the documents.
- Imagine you are an 18th-century abolitionist. How would you counter a specific pro-slavery argument from one of these authors, using the same line of reasoning? (For example, if they cite a particular Bible verse/story to support slavery, do you have a counter Bible verse/story? If they argue economics, what is your economic counter? Etcetera.)