Confederate History Month 2012: A 1950s View of the Southern Plantation System

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H/T Civil War Memory

The plantation system is also responsible for creating our sense of racial consciousness. “White skin privilege” is really a type of honor that emerged in the context in the caste based, feudal culture of the Old South:

“Today, if we visit a social gathering in the south, we’ll see some of these things. The gentle manners and courtesy. The separation of society into distinct groups. And the relationship of that society to the land, which supplies its wealth. These are some of the things the plantation system has contributed to southern life.”


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  1. It appears that the firm structure of plantation system (slave and tenet) kept blacks in line. The long hard hours of labor as a tenet farmer kept blacks on the straight and narrow.

    In Mike Carol’s April 28, 2012 video on gangsta fashion, he talked about how blacks dressed smart in the 1950’s and, I would suggest, that this was due to the discipline instilled from the plantation work ethic/culture.

    But now, as Mike distressed, many blacks have dropped that presentable style and went gangsta making it tough for then to find work, etc.. I guess after black left rural areas and black generation(s) grew up in cities the plantation culture and work ethic gradually was forgotten and with that the discipline and family structure crumbled.

  2. So Southern culture was a place for non-aristocratic whites to set up their own society, where they would be the royalty. But it was a stunted facsimile of the old country, as the working class they ruled was only niggers.

    Seems to be a more effective use of blacks than today. However, we have machines to pick cotton now.

    What was the end game of this system? If the South had won the war, what would they be doing with 40 million niggers today?

  3. Hunter (et al.)

    Just out of curiosity, had The South won their independence in The War Between The States, do you think slavery would have continued as an institution there?

  4. I’m sure it would have continued there.

    It would have been phased out though by the 1930s due to the mechanization of agriculture. The war wasn’t fought over slavery so much as the South’s right to deal with the issue on its own terms.

  5. Most Southerners regarded it as an improvement.

    Feudalism in Europe had artificially degraded Whites below their natural equilibrium. In America, negro slavery took a race that was naturally inferior to Whites for biological reasons and transformed them into productive agricultural laborers.

    Slavery gave every White man a stake in his race, promoted economic liberty, reduced class conflict and promoted a conservative way of life.

  6. “Slavery gave every White man a stake in his race, promoted economic liberty, reduced class conflict and promoted a conservative way of life”

    Yes, but along with all that, 40 million niggers.

  7. Further to my previous post, here’s more data to support my claim ….

    ” Black men survive longer in prison than out: study ”

    ” The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.

    But that pattern didn’t hold for white men, who on the whole were slightly more likely to die in prison than outside, according to findings published in Annals of Epidemiology.”

    etc.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/14/us-prison-blacks-idUSTRE76D71920110714

    They do better under the discipline of the prison system.

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