The Slaveholders' Dilemma: Freedom and Progress in Southern Conservative Thought, 1820-1860

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Overview

In antebellum times slaveholders perceived themselves as thoroughly modern and moral men who were protecting human progress against the perversions spawned by the more radical aspects of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. The slaveholders insisted that, in resisting the religious heresies, infidelity, ultra-democratic politics, and egalitarian dogmas then sweeping the North and Western Europe, they were proving themselves the firmest carriers of genuine progress itself. Surprisingly, they accepted the widespread idea that freedom generated the economic, social, and moral progress they embraced as their own cause. But they nonetheless increasingly took higher ground in defense of their slave system. In consequence, they plunged into an intellectual and political cul de sac. Genovese, in exploring their efforts to fight their way out of this dilemma, argues that proslavery Southerners--theologians, political theorists, economists, sociologists, and moral philosophers--simultaneously formed part of a broad trans-Atlantic conservative movement and yet advanced a distinct position that set them apart from their Northern and European counterparts. He also holds that the spokesmen for Southern slavery demonstrated a much higher level of intellectual talent than has been generally recognized and that they will no longer be subject to the obscurity into which they have fallen.
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The Slaveholders' Dilemma is the inaugural lecture of the Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture Series at Georgia Southern University. It advances the thesis that the caliber of intellectual talent in the antebellum South was much higher than traditional, Northern-biased histories would lead us to believe. This volume, part of a book Genovese has been working on for 15 years, concentrates on the themes of freedom and progress in the writings of proslavery Southern intellectuals. It shows that they perceived themselves as moral men who, as slaveholders, were defending freedom and promoting progress. It is a fascinating work that whets the appetite for a fuller volume. Recommended for history collections and more general collections where there is high patron in terest in history.-- Melvin L. Grotberg, Hobbs P.L., N.M.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872499959
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Series: Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
The Dilemma 10
The Struggle for a Way Out 46
Adventurism and Paralysis 76
Index 113
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