Now that it's Mardi Gras season, let's look no further than NOLA for a lesson on how morality changes.
Back in the 1830's when they were digging the canal from Lake Pontchartrain, it was considered far too dangerous a job to let valuable slaves do it so they had the Irish immigrants do it.
After about six years and many thousands of lives lost to yellow fever, malaria, cholera, occupational hazards, and exhaustion, the New Basin Canal was completed at a cost of $1,226,070. It served as a busy waterway for almost 100 years.
Now I'm sure back then out of wedlock pregnancies and abortions were considered "immoral" but apparently there was nothing immoral about sending the Irish to their deaths in ridiculously dangerous conditions or enslaving blacks.
So "morality" is ever changing.
ETA here's another link
The construction company that in 1838 dug the New Basin Canal with wheelbarrows and shovels to connect the Central Business District and Lake Pontchartrain and to expand trade routes in the Gulf South deemed slaves too valuable to expose to the risk of malaria, cholera, and yellow fever. The company hired cheap Irish labor instead; at least six thousand, but perhaps many more, of those workers perished as a result.
Don't know why but this always sits with me when I think of NOLA history and I have no Irish in my family. Pretty brutal.
This post was edited on 1/28 at 4:02 pm