George Fitzhugh, 1806-1881
A Pro-Slavery Activist, Social Theorist, Writer, and Lawyer.
Fitzhughs’ Pro-Slavery perspective was formed in 1844,
during the terroristic campaigns of the abolitionists,
and the slanderous anti-slavery writers perpetually
defaming the slave holding states.
In his work “Sociology for the South” he endorses
communal worker, employer relations. The pressures
of slavery encapsulating this synthesis.The employer
has a financial interest in his slave being healthy,
productive, and soberly minded increasing productivity,
and ensuring continued profits. The slave has interest
in conforming to the regulations of the master to avoid
hostility, ensure security of food, and shelter. For
Fitzhugh slavery was not to be an immediate replacement
of capitalism, or free society but it was to be a part
of a dual system made up of slave, and free. society.
Those who required masters would be given them, and the
master class would tend to the bettering of the slaves,
the slaves with their material, social, and political
needs met would be elevated above their previous status.
Fitzhugh was at his most culturally prominent in the
antebellum south, and during war time. After the
national conflict he shifted literary focus to the
condition of the post-war south, his writings becoming
evaluatory, and predictive. His last article coming in
1872, he retired from writing, and acted as a lawyer
until his passing in 1881.
Inspiring our slogan, “The World Is Too Little Governed,”
George Fitzhugh was an excellent activist, writer, social
theorist, and critic, and we recommend reading his pamphlets,
articles, and books. His two books “Sociology for the South,”
and “Cannibals All!” can be read here:
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