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Articles

Commentary on Slavery in the American South, by Dave Walter, Freedom Network News, 2001
Letter to the editor, arguing that the right of the Confederate States to secede is "morally neutral" but not if the right is invoked "to continue enslaving other human beings"
I think we Libertarians should say "a pox on both your sides" and give no moral cover to the South. While it is certainly true that only a minority of Southerners owned slaves, it is certainly true that the ruling class in the South was principally slave owners. Nearly 80% of the members of the Virginia secessionist convention were slaveholders, while slavery was much less prevalent there than in the deep South. It is also true that most non-slaveowning Southerners – especially farmers at crop time – would rent slaves to help with their work, so these people also had a strong stake in the slave-holding institution.
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, by Clarence B. Carson, The Freeman, Sep 1996
Review of the 1996 book by Richard Brookhiser, concluding that it is "a worthy testament to the greatness of Washington"
Anyone who is inclined with so many in this misbegotten age to believe that Washington is just a dead white male who kept slaves should read of his principled refusal to sell any of his slaves "down the river," and the provisions he made for freeing those who were able to earn their own keep, and providing a fund to take care of those too old or infirm to provide for themselves.

Books

Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War
    by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, 1996
Partial contents: Slavery and States' Rights in the Early Republic - Emergence of the Republican Party - The Confederate States of America - The War to Abolish Slavery? - Dissent and Disaffection-North and South - The Ravages of Total War
The Unconstitutionality of Slavery, by Lysander Spooner, 1860
Partial contents: What Is Law? - Written Constitutions - The Colonial Charters - Colonial Statutes - The Declaration of Independence - The State Constitutions Of 1789 - The Articles of Confederation - The Constitution of the United States