Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.
Smith discusses how peace activists and pacifists justified their support of the North during the Civil War.
Smith defends the pacifist Garrison from the charge of hypocrisy for supporting the Union during the Civil War.
Smith discusses some of the very few abolitionists who defended the right of southern states to secede from the Union.
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.
Smith summarizes Spooner’s basic arguments for the unconstitutionality of slavery.
Smith discusses Spooner’s contention that the Constitution carries no moral authority but that it still can be understood as antislavery.
Smith explains why Spooner believed that defending the unconstitutionality of slavery was essential to abolitionism.
Smith explores some features of Spooner’s philosophy of law, as found in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
Smith discusses Spooner’s defense of the right to use violence in self-defense, even against agents of a government.
Smith explains how Spooner reconciled his theory of nonvoting with his view that the Constitution is antislavery, and how he treated discussions of slavery during the Constitutional Convention.