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What is the "mangolia myth"? How was it used in the debate about slavery?


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The mangolia myth was a set of arguments that Southerners used to defend slavery and counter the Declaration of Independence which stated all men were equal.

Some of their arguments included:

Slaves liked being slaves.

Slaves were unable to better themselves.

Slaves needed the white man to take care of them.

Whites treat their slaves well.