Tom Cotton calls slavery ‘necessary evil’ in attack on New York Times’ 1619 Project
Err, no, not quite. What he actually said:
He added: “We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as [Abraham] Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”
Now my knowledge of the details of US history is light but even I can see that that’s a very different statement.
As to what was actually the necessary evil I have an inkling that the Founding Fathers didn’t say that slavery was, but some sort of deal that dealt with the existence of slavery was – the union could only get going if there was some recognition of its existence, some set of rules that allowed a slave based society to be a part of it etc.
Perhaps someone who knows more on this would care to elaborate for the rest of us?