The extent to which the debate over slavery was not really about black people but about whites can be seen politically, socially, religiously and economically.
Slavery affecting politics is demonstrated politically in the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The real arguments were over which side, the north or the south, would gain more power from slavery by making it either a slave state or a free state. Douglas argued that slaves were not equal to whites in any
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Stowe said,” If this persecuted race, with every discouragement and disadvantage have done this much, how much more might they do if the Christian church would act towards them in the spirit of the lord.” Stowe is trying to convince people that blacks are able to do some intelligent work and for this they should let them if they want to be on good terms with the church and go to heaven after they die.