Questions on the Readings
What is the mud-sill theory according to Hammond?
What is the mud-sill theory according to Lincoln?
Does Lincoln's description of the mud-sill theory fit with Hammond's?
What does Hammond mean by "we found them slaves by the "common consent of mankind," which, according to Cicero, lex naturae est." (Lex naturae est means "is natural law.")
What are the two theories of the relationship between labor and capital according to Lincoln?
Which theory does Lincoln support?
Do you see support for Lincoln's ideas in today's society? Give examples.
Why is Southern slavery a positive thing according to Hammond?
Why is Northern "wage slavery" a negative thing according to Hammond?
What is Lincoln's response to the idea that Northern laborers are wage slaves?
What economic conditions/circumstances/situations would lead Hammond to his conclusions and Lincoln to his? [Think about the economic development, exports, imports and manufactures of the South and the North.]
What relationship existed between the kind of labor employed and the economic development of each region, North and South?
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