The extent to which the debate over slavery was not really about black people but about whites can be seen politically, socially, religiously and economically.
Slavery affecting politics is demonstrated politically in the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The real arguments were over which side, the north or the south, would gain more power from slavery by making it either a slave state or a free state. Douglas argued that slaves were not equal to whites in any fashion and they should not be free, which would give them a chance to be equal. Douglas states,” I believe this government was made on the white basis.” He further states,” I believe it was made by white men, for the benefit of white men and their prosperity for ever, and I am in favor for continuing citizenship to white men, men out of European birth and decent, instead of conferring it upon Negro’s, Indians and other inferior races.” He attempts to degrade the bl...