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8 years ago
How did George Fitzhugh compare the northern and southern labor systems in Sociology for the South?  Did his argument have any validity?
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Out of Many: A History of the American People

Out of Many: A History of the American People


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In his book “Sociology for the South, or The Failure of Free Society”, George Fitzhugh compared the labor systems of the North and South. He argued that the Southern system of slavery was superior to the Northern system of wage labor because it provided a more stable and secure environment for workers. Fitzhugh believed that the master-slave relationship was more humane than the employer-employee relationship because it was based on mutual dependence and protection1. He also argued that slavery was more economically efficient than wage labor because it eliminated the need for competition and allowed for greater cooperation between workers.

Fitzhugh’s arguments were controversial and have been widely criticized for their lack of validity and moral justification. His views on slavery were based on a flawed understanding of human nature and the role of government in society. Moreover, his arguments ignored the brutal realities of slavery and the suffering it inflicted on millions of people.

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