Evil Necessity: Slavery and Political Culture in Antebellum Kentucky

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$30.00
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $26.10
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 12%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $26.10   
  • New (4) from $26.10   
  • Used (2) from $36.17   

Overview

In Kentucky, the slavery debate raged for thirty years before the Civil War began. While whites in the lower South argued that slavery was good for master and slave, many white Kentuckians maintained that because of racial prejudice, public safety, and property rights, slavery was necessary but undeniably evil. Harold D. Tallant shows how this view bespoke a real ambivalence about the desirability of continuing slavery in Kentucky and permitted an active abolitionist movement in the state to exist alongside contented slaveholders. Though many Kentuckians were increasingly willing to defend slavery against northern opposition, they did not always see this defense as their first political priority. Tallant explores the way in which the disparity between Kentuckians' ideals and their actions helped make Kentucky a quintessential border state.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Slavery and Abolition Tallant's work and insightful analysis of contemporary political thought is a valuable contribution to the study of slavery and the politics of slavery in the South." — American Nineteenth Century History

"A thoughtful, trenchant, and impressively textured work of microscopic analysis of Kentucky anti-slavery in a work of intellectual, social, and political history that has implications for all students of liberalism in the Old South." — Civil War Book Review

"A well-researched and nuanced study.... A solid and intelligent book that clearly makes the point that Kentucky's 'moderation' in reality did little to help the nation move beyond this tragic institution." — H-Net Reviews Challenges conventional wisdom and has important implications for

"A landmark study. Features a fresh and clearly argued thesis, excellent research, good writing, and sound conclusions. Tallant's study reiterates how complex the slave culture of the south could be." — James C. Klotter, State Historian of Kentucky, Georgetown College

"A much-needed study of the economic, social, and political complexities that molded attitudes toward slavery in the crucial border state.... Without question, Tallant's work brings Kentucky's internal slavery struggle into sharp focus." — Journal of American History

"On several occasions during the 1840s, northern antislavery activists predicted that Kentucky would be the first major southern state to free its slaves.... Tallant convincingly demonstrates why this was a plausible assumption and why it was decidedly incorrect." — Journal of Southern History

"Not only provides excellent historic scholarship, it also imports the sense of the emotional ambiguity through its direct and lively account." — Kentucky Kaleidoscope

"Examines the interconnected series of ideologies and economics that history is now only beginning to understand." — Kentucky Monthly

"A compelling must-read for anyone who wishes to comprehend crucial truths about the history of Kentucky race relations." — Lexington Herald-Leader

"A major contribution to the study of slavery in Kentucky. Tallant has made excellent use of a wide variety of sources, and he writes well." — Lowell H. Harrison, Bowling Green Daily News

"The research and use of sources is excellent, the documentation is thorough and complete, and the writing style is both erudite and interesting. His analyses are skillfully drawn, his logic is flawless throughout, and his writing is dispassionate. The book will be the best discussion of the ideology of slavery and politics in Kentucky for the crucial thirty years before the Civil War when the slavery issue became dominant in national politics." — Marion B. Lucas, Western Kentucky University

"A thoughtful, well-researched, and detailed story of the moral and political perils of moderation in the face of extremity." — North Carolina Historical Review

"Fills an important gap in explaining how white Kentuckians defined and understood slavery in the three decades before the Confederate states seceded." — Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Explains the tangle of contradictions in Kentucky's antebellum political culture." — American Historical Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813192147
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 8/11/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)