But I gotta tell ya, this analogy - from "Slavery was the issue" appearing in today's Roanoke Times - makes no sense:
The 1860 Census, completed under the pro-Southern Buchanan administration, reported a total of more than 1 million households in the 11 future Confederate states. Those same states reported more than 310,000 households owning one or more slaves, almost one-third, not one-sixth.Say what? The slave was what? a tractor?
This only begins to set the real context. Today, our population of 307 million make up 105 million households. Only 2.2 million, just 2 percent, of those households own tractors. So it would appear that the tractor is not significant in American life. But those 2.2 million households are the only ones operating farms. Those who don't farm don't need tractors.
The slave was a human tractor.
I get his point. Slavery was the bedrock of the Southern economy before the Civil War and slaves were capital assets to hundreds of thousands of southerners in that age, landowners who weren't willing to sacrifice their worldly wealth readily.
But "those who don't farm don't need a tractor"?
Work on the analogy, there, Bill. I'm sure you can do better next time.
* I have in my hand as I write this Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol. A masterpiece.