Peculiar world, this slavery,
with blacks considered property,
the institution lucrative
enough to shape the way we live.
So dance and praise in jubilee,
your spirit holds your liberty.
At first indentured servants, blacks became
plantation slaves, and any sense of shame
for this "Peculiar Institution" passed
when nation-building fortunes were amassed
through valued crops in fertile steaming fields.
Analysis of slave tradition yields
the reasons: blacks were deemed inferior;
for years the African interior
was raided by the Muslims and the firms
of Europe, dealing only with the terms
of service; and the labor scarcity
would reinforce the sense that property,
not manhood, made the trip across the sea.
A "necessary evil," slavery
became entrenched; through Christianity
and dance and music blacks would come to be
both "stoic and heroic" -- liberty
was in the spirit. Though conspiracy
by slaves occurred, and paranoia filled
their owners' minds, rebelliousness was stilled
as time went by, and only Quakers fought
to end the ills necessity had wrought.