"More Than Historical Stupidity in Paul’s Slavery Crack"
I was interested enough in Paul's comment during the presidential campaign that other countries had freed slaves without going to war to do some basic research. I found that the British in their Emanciaption Act of 1933 had provided for payment of 20 millioin pounds to free 781,000 slaves.
Our civil war was estimated to have cost $6 billion dollars. Freeing 3 million slaves held by less than 5% of the southern population through compensation would have cost $1.2 billion.
Paul's idea was attacked it the following article. Comments and responses are appreciated.
More Than Historical Stupidity in Paul’s Slavery Crack
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson on December 27, 2007
No-shot GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul tossed out yet another juicy zinger this time on Meet the Press when he said that Lincoln was a bad guy for fighting the civil war. Paul’s solution: simply shell out some cash, buy the slaves, and set them free. One would like to believe that Paul is just jerking off the press and the public with his shoot from the lip, loose brained, solutions on everything from taxes to ending the Iraq war. And that his dig at Lincoln for fighting the Civil War is the latest in the train of dumb wit Paulisms.
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