Defending Slavery Proslavery Thought in the Old South - A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312133278
ISBN-13: 9780312133276
Edition: 2003
Authors: Paul Finkelman
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 3/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Within decades of the American Revolution, the Northern states had either ended slavery or provided for its gradual abolition. Slavery, however, was entrenched in the South and remained integral to American politics and culture. Nationally, it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, and Supreme Court decisions, and slaveowners dominated all three branches of the federal government. From the time of the Revolution until the Civil War (and beyond), Southern thinkers offered a variety of proslavery arguments. This body of thought—based on religion, politics and law, economics, history, philosophy, expediency, and science—offers invaluable insights into how slavery shaped American history and continues to affect American society. In this volume, Paul Finkelman presents a representative selection of proslavery thought and includes an introduction that explores the history of slavery and the debate over it. His headnotes supply a rich context for each reading. The volume also includes a chronology, a selected bibliography, and illustrations.

MU: Emeritus Professor of History and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University; co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001). PF: Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001) and American Legal History, 3e (OUP 2004).

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Defending Slavery
Northerners, Southerners, and Slavery
The Legitimacy of Slavery in Earlier Times
The Emergence of Slavery in Early America
The American Revolution Threatens Slavery
The Emergence of Proslavery Thought
The Outlines of Antebellum Proslavery Thought
Racial Theory and Ideology: The Key to Proslavery Thought
The Documents
Politics, Economics, and Proslavery Thought
Notes on the State of Virginia, 1787
Speech in the U.S. Senate, 1837
The Political Economy of Slavery, 1853
Effects of Abolition in the United States, 1858
The Mudsill Speech, 1858
The Cornerstone Speech, 1861
Religion and Slavery
The Duties of Christian Masters, 1851
DeBow���s Review, Slavery and the Bible, 185

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