Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South

Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South

by Lacy K. Ford
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019511809X

ISBN-13: 9780195118094

Pub. Date: 09/03/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A major contribution to our understanding of slavery in the early republic, Deliver Us from Evil illuminates the white South's twisted and tortured efforts to justify slavery, focusing on the period from the drafting of the federal constitution in 1787 through the age of Jackson.

Drawing heavily on primary sources, including newspapers, government documents,

Overview

A major contribution to our understanding of slavery in the early republic, Deliver Us from Evil illuminates the white South's twisted and tortured efforts to justify slavery, focusing on the period from the drafting of the federal constitution in 1787 through the age of Jackson.

Drawing heavily on primary sources, including newspapers, government documents, legislative records, pamphlets, and speeches, Lacy K. Ford recaptures the varied and sometimes contradictory ideas and attitudes held by groups of white southerners as they tried to square slavery with their democratic ideals. He excels at conveying the political, intellectual, economic, and social thought of leading white southerners, vividly recreating the mental world of the varied actors and capturing the vigorous debates over slavery. He also shows that there was not one antebellum South but many, and not one southern white mindset but several, with the debates over slavery in the upper South quite different in substance from those in the deep South. In the upper South, where tobacco had fallen into comparative decline by 1800, debate often centered on how the area might reduce its dependence on slave labor and "whiten" itself, whether through gradual emancipation and colonization or the sale of slaves to the cotton South. During the same years, the lower South swirled into the vortex of the "cotton revolution," and that area's whites lost all interest in emancipation, no matter how gradual or fully compensated.

An ambitious, thought-provoking, and highly insightful book, Deliver Us from Evil makes an important contribution to the history of slavery in the United States, shedding needed light on the white South's early struggle to reconcile slavery with its Revolutionary heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195118094
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: The Upper South's Travail
1. Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery
2. Rebellion and Reaction
Part Two: The Lower South's Embrace of Slavery
3. Opening the Slave Trade
4. Extending Slavery
Part Three: Paternalism Rising
5. Paternalism Emerges
6. Paternalism Contested
Part Four: Paternalism in Crisis
7. The Scare
8. Analyzing the Scare
9. Reacting to the Scare
Part Five: Words and Deeds
10. Discourses of Colonization
11. Rumors and Insurrection
Part Six: The Upper South Responds
12. The Upper South Debates Slavery and Colonization
13. Tennessee Debates Slavery
14. Ending Free Black Suffrage in North Carolina
Part Seven: The Lower South Responds
15. Reaction in the Lower South
16. Abolition Poison and Southern Antidotes
17. The Ideological Reconfiguration of Slavery in the Lower South
Conclusion
Notes
Introduction
Section One: The Upper South's Travail
1. Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery
2. Rebellion and Reaction
Section Two: The Lower South's Embrace
3. Opening the Slave Trade
4. Extending Slavery
Section Three: Paternalism Rising
5. Paternalism Emerges
6. Paternalism Contested
Section Four: Paternalism in Crisis
7. The Scare
8. Analyzing the Scare
9. Reacting to the Scare
Section Five: Words and Deeds
10. Discourses of Colonization
11. Rumors and Insurrection
Section Six: The Upper South Responds
12. The Upper South Debates Slavery and Colonization
13. Tennessee Debates Slavery
14. Ending Free Black Suffrage in North Carolina
Section Seven: The Lower South Responds
15. Reaction in the Lower South
16. Abolition Poison and Southern Antidotes
17. The Reconfiguration of Slavery
Conclusion

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