Speaking of Counterfactuals …

Over at civilwarhistory2 (open archives), the always charming Helga Ross asks:

What if our favorite professor had been born a plantation slaveowner in South
Carolina or Mississippi leading up to the 1860’s…..?

It’s easy to say what one would do and value today, 150 years removed. But,
who’s to say it would be true, at the time; and not in hindsight?

Honored as I am to be this group’s “favorite professor,” the question seems problematic. Continue reading