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Bachmann’s Views On Slavery Are Worse Than You Thought

08/10/2011 8:18 pm 9 comments

Source: Adam Serwer / The American Prospect

Months ago, there was a small controversy over Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann signing a pledge put forth by social conservatives in Iowa that stated “black child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African American President.”

However well intended, many people were understandably offended by the implication that black people were better off as property. But this isn’t the first time Bachmann has put forth a perspective on slavery that is at odds with the historical record — previously she “suggested that the Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly” to end slavery, before citing John Quincy Adams as an example (he was a child at the time of America’s founding).

Ryan Lizza’s profile of Bachmann reveals that Bachmann’s odd perspective on slavery isn’t a series of gaffes, but rather “a world view.” Lizza explains that Bachmann is a believer in a kind of Christian conservative reimagining of slavery, where “many Christians opposed slavery” but owned them anyway and didn’t free them because ““it might be very difficult for a freed slave to make a living in that economy; under such circumstances setting slaves free was both inhumane and irresponsible.” How charitable of them!

She is also a fan of Robert E. Lee biographer J. Steven Williams, whom Lizza describes as a “leading proponent of the theory that the South was an orthodox Christian nation unjustly attacked by the godless North.” Wilkins “approvingly” cites Lee’s conviction that abolition was premature because it was necessary for “the sanctifying effects of Christianity” to take their time “to work in the black race and fit its people for freedom.” Not only that but as Lizza reports, Williams hates abolitionists and thought slavery was awesome:

Slavery, as it operated in the pervasively Christian society which was the old South, was not an adversarial relationship founded upon racial animosity. In fact, it bred on the whole, not contempt, but, over time, mutual respect. This produced a mutual esteem of the sort that always results when men give themselves to a common cause. The credit for this startling reality must go to the Christian faith. . . . The unity and companionship that existed between the races in the South prior to the war was the fruit of a common faith.

To read this article in its entirety visit The American Prospect.

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  • Angry

    Show you how much she know about slavery, most of the time father and mother were sold and were separated from each other, and the babies, in some part of the world, like Florida, the babies were used to capture alligators. The would put a string around the babies next, the babies would cry and that would attract the attention of the alligators, they would swallow the baby whole, the string would be hanging out of there mouth, then the alligators catcher would pull the string and capture them. And that how the caught alligators in those times.

  • http://twitter.com/MsAngeeP Angela Prather

    Bachman is nothing but trash! She won’t get elected. No black person in their right mind would vote for her. And PERRY! YOu are needed in Texas! We don’t need another Texan ruining this country!

  • Galexan0964

    This woman is stuck on stupid.  I guess being beaten, raped and hung for trying to free yourself was based on them not wanting to lose their “companion”

  • Anonymous

    This woman’s views on slavery are just very bad and . We are in a time where America is the most multicultural, multiracial period of time in the history of this nation. This is not the person that can lead us in the 21st century.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ3RPI5YN63HVMQGLQALFNGZ5Q Mark C

    The relations between slave a master was “full of common faith”??

    This is goofy. First, Lee, Davis, and others insisted TORTURE was prescribed in the bible — Lee wrote that pain was necessary and INTENDED by God, as “nessecary for the instruction of their race”.   Lee backed up  this opinion by having and using a whipping post.

    As we know from (ironically) a very pro-Lee biographer, Elizabeth Pryor, Lee was obsessed with the capture and return of certain slave girls, barely teenagers, who had escaped with many of Lee’s slaves years before the war.   Most of Lee’s  slaves escaped, or tried to, because Lee was an especially cruel slave owner, contrary to what we  have been taught.  

    Lee paid 600%  higher bounties for the return of one light skinned girl, then stood by personally and screamed at the girl while he had her tortured.  What did he scream while the poor girl was being whipped?  “Hit  her harder”.

    Lee “separated every family unit but one”  wrote Pryor, which can only mean he sold the children.   Since it was illegal to even tell a slave child who the father was, in many Southern states, the father was not usually considered part of the “family unit” Pryor is talking about.   Saying he “separated every family unit” is her Orwellian double talk  for “he sold the babies”.

    Born to Lee’s mullato slave girls where children so light, they could pass for white.  What happened to the female infants that were very very light colored?   Lee sold them, or disposed of them in some way.  Pryor writes that after a certain date,  Lee only kept the very young male slaves.   Where did the very young females go?  Well, he did something with them, they didn’t just vanish.   Reading between the lines, it seems Pryor is dancing around what she saw in Lee’s account books, which she had access too. 

    ALthough this in conjecture, Lee apparently sold those light skinned baby girl slaves.    Can you guess where and why they sold light skinned baby girl slaves?   According to abolition books written at the time, the very light skinned female slaves were often bought at auction by whore houses.  While Lee probably would not sell slave girls directly to whore houses, the auction block was a way to dispose profitably  of such children, and turn a blind eye to where the child ended  up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ3RPI5YN63HVMQGLQALFNGZ5Q Mark C

    The relations between slave a master was “full of common faith”??

    This is goofy. First, Lee, Davis, and others insisted TORTURE was prescribed in the bible — Lee wrote that pain was necessary and INTENDED by God, as “nessecary for the instruction of their race”.   Lee backed up  this opinion by having and using a whipping post.

    As we know from (ironically) a very pro-Lee biographer, Elizabeth Pryor, Lee was obsessed with the capture and return of certain slave girls, barely teenagers, who had escaped with many of Lee’s slaves years before the war.   Most of Lee’s  slaves escaped, or tried to, because Lee was an especially cruel slave owner, contrary to what we  have been taught.  

    Lee paid 600%  higher bounties for the return of one light skinned girl, then stood by personally and screamed at the girl while he had her tortured.  What did he scream while the poor girl was being whipped?  “Hit  her harder”.

    Lee “separated every family unit but one”  wrote Pryor, which can only mean he sold the children.   Since it was illegal to even tell a slave child who the father was, in many Southern states, the father was not usually considered part of the “family unit” Pryor is talking about.   Saying he “separated every family unit” is her Orwellian double talk  for “he sold the babies”.

    Born to Lee’s mullato slave girls where children so light, they could pass for white.  What happened to the female infants that were very very light colored?   Lee sold them, or disposed of them in some way.  Pryor writes that after a certain date,  Lee only kept the very young male slaves.   Where did the very young females go?  Well, he did something with them, they didn’t just vanish.   Reading between the lines, it seems Pryor is dancing around what she saw in Lee’s account books, which she had access too. 

    ALthough this in conjecture, Lee apparently sold those light skinned baby girl slaves.    Can you guess where and why they sold light skinned baby girl slaves?   According to abolition books written at the time, the very light skinned female slaves were often bought at auction by whore houses.  While Lee probably would not sell slave girls directly to whore houses, the auction block was a way to dispose profitably  of such children, and turn a blind eye to where the child ended  up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ3RPI5YN63HVMQGLQALFNGZ5Q Mark C

    The relations between slave a master was “full of common faith”??

    This is goofy. First, Lee, Davis, and others insisted TORTURE was prescribed in the bible — Lee wrote that pain was necessary and INTENDED by God, as “nessecary for the instruction of their race”.   Lee backed up  this opinion by having and using a whipping post.

    As we know from (ironically) a very pro-Lee biographer, Elizabeth Pryor, Lee was obsessed with the capture and return of certain slave girls, barely teenagers, who had escaped with many of Lee’s slaves years before the war.   Most of Lee’s  slaves escaped, or tried to, because Lee was an especially cruel slave owner, contrary to what we  have been taught.  

    Lee paid 600%  higher bounties for the return of one light skinned girl, then stood by personally and screamed at the girl while he had her tortured.  What did he scream while the poor girl was being whipped?  “Hit  her harder”.

    Lee “separated every family unit but one”  wrote Pryor, which can only mean he sold the children.   Since it was illegal to even tell a slave child who the father was, in many Southern states, the father was not usually considered part of the “family unit” Pryor is talking about.   Saying he “separated every family unit” is her Orwellian double talk  for “he sold the babies”.

    Born to Lee’s mullato slave girls where children so light, they could pass for white.  What happened to the female infants that were very very light colored?   Lee sold them, or disposed of them in some way.  Pryor writes that after a certain date,  Lee only kept the very young male slaves.   Where did the very young females go?  Well, he did something with them, they didn’t just vanish.   Reading between the lines, it seems Pryor is dancing around what she saw in Lee’s account books, which she had access too. 

    ALthough this in conjecture, Lee apparently sold those light skinned baby girl slaves.    Can you guess where and why they sold light skinned baby girl slaves?   According to abolition books written at the time, the very light skinned female slaves were often bought at auction by whore houses.  While Lee probably would not sell slave girls directly to whore houses, the auction block was a way to dispose profitably  of such children, and turn a blind eye to where the child ended  up.

  • http://twitter.com/thrushjz Dave Thrush

    Did you know…that Al Gore Sr. (Al Gore’s Father) voted AGAINST the civil rights act of 1964? Did you know…that Senator Robert Byrd (D. W. Va.) was a KKK member and was actually a high up KKK member? A leader?
    Did you know…that it was Republicans, not Democrats that pushed through the anti slavery legislation in the 1800s?
    Did you know…that it was Southern DEMOCRATS that started the KKK , not Southern Republicans?
    Did you know…that an overwhelming majority of Blacks joined the Republican party in the 1800s not the Democratic party?
    Did you know that it was the REPUBLICAN party that put forth and passed the 1866 Civil Rights act? Google these facts and then decide who is lying, and who is telling the truth.

  • Thomas Forehand, Jr.

    It is easy, for someone like Mark, to repeat the accusation that Robert E. Lee had someone whipped; however, other than an accusation, what is the proof for this allegation?  The fact that Lee paid more, than he normally paid, to have certain runaway slaves returned, does not necssarily mean that Lee had anyone whipped.  

    So, please supply the proof of a  whipping, from a neutral source, and let the readers take a look at it.
    Thanks,
    Tom Forehand, Jr.

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