The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview

The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview

by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eugene D. Genovese
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521850657

ISBN-13: 9780521850650

Pub. Date: 10/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Presenting many slaveholders as intelligent, honorable and pious men and women, this study asks how people who were admirable in so many ways could have presided over a social system that inflicted gross abuse on slaves. The South had formidable proslavery intellectuals who participated fully in transatlantic debates and boldly challenged an ascendant capitalist

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Presenting many slaveholders as intelligent, honorable and pious men and women, this study asks how people who were admirable in so many ways could have presided over a social system that inflicted gross abuse on slaves. The South had formidable proslavery intellectuals who participated fully in transatlantic debates and boldly challenged an ascendant capitalist ("free-labor") society. Blending classical and Christian traditions, they forged a moral and political philosophy designed to sustain conservative principles in history, political economy, social theory, and theology, while translating them into political action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521850650
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Pages:
824
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.89(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Cradled in the storms of revolution
1"That terrible tragedy"11
2The age of revolution through slaveholding eyes41
3"The purest sons of freedom"69
Entr'acte : the bonds of slavery88
Pt. 2The inescapable past
4History as moral and political instruction125
5The slaveholders' quest for a history of the common people170
6World history and the politics of slavery201
7History as the story of freedom225
Pt. 3Ancient legacies, medieval sensibility, modern men
8In the shadow of antiquity249
9Coming to terms with the Middle Ages305
10The chivalry329
11Chivalric slave masters365
12Chivalric politics : southern ladies take their stand383
Pt. 4A Christian people defend the faith
13A Christian people409
14Unity and diversity among the faithful444
15War over the good book473
16Slavery : proceeding from the Lord505
17The Holy Spirit in the word of God528
18Jerusalem and Athens - against Paris566
19Serpent in the garden : liberal theology in the South587
20Theopolitics : golden rule, higher law, and slavery613
Coda : St. John of Pottawatamie636
Pt. 5At the Rubicon
21Between individualism and corporatism : from the Reformation to the war for southern independence649
22Past and future Caesars680
Epilogue : King Solomon's dilemma711

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