Slaves to Contradictions: 13 Myths that Sustained Slavery
Wilson Ray Huhn
University of Akron - School of Law
November 22, 2013
U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-21
People have a fundamental need to think of themselves as “good people.” To achieve this we tell each other stories – we create myths – about ourselves and our society. These myths may be true or they may be false. The more discordant a myth is with reality, the more difficult it is to convince people to embrace it. In such cases to sustain the illusion of truth it may be necessary to develop an entire mythology – an integrated web of mutually supporting stories.
This paper explores the system of myths that sustained the institution of slavery in the antebellum United States.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 78
Keywords: slavery, myth, Civil War
JEL Classification: K10
Date posted: November 22, 2013 ; Last revised: December 13, 2013