Slavery in the South: A State-by-State History

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Overview

Slavery in the United States is once again a topic of contention as politicians and interest groups argue about and explore the possibility of reparations. The subject is clearly not exhausted, and a state-by-state approach fills a critical reference niche. This book is the first comparative summary of the southern slave states from Colonial times to Reconstruction. The history of slavery in each state is a story based on the unique events in that jurisdiction, and is a chronicle of the relationships and interactions between its blacks and whites. Each state chapter explores the genesis, growth and economics of slavery, the life of free and enslaved blacks, the legal codes that defined the institution and affected both whites and blacks, the black experience during the Civil War, and the freedmen's struggle during Emancipation and Reconstruction.

The commonalities and differences can be seen from state to state, and students and other interested readers will find fascinating accounts from ex-slaves that flesh out the fuller picture of slavery state- and country-wide. Included are timelines per state, photos, numerous tables for comparison, and appendixes on the numbers of slaveholders by state in 1860; dates of admission, secession, and readmission; and economic statistics. A bibliography and index complete the volume.

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Gr 10 Up-An examination of how slavery was introduced, developed, practiced, and abolished in 16 states (including Delaware, Maryland, and Missouri), plus the District of Columbia. Chapters for each state begin with a time line covering the years from exploration through to the early 1900s. Subsections are arranged chronologically but differ according to the specific and different histories of each geographic area. For example, the Civil War and Reconstruction are a focus in the chapters for Florida and Georgia, while discussions of runaway slaves and the Underground Railroad demand attention in the chapters on Kentucky and Virginia. Statistics for "Slave and Free Black Populations" and "Net Slave Entries and Exits by Decade" are included for each state. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of print and Web resources. A well-documented, useful resource.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313320194
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

CLAYTON E. JEWETT is Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College, Austin, Texas.

JOHN O. ALLEN teaches at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Timeline of Significant Events
Alabama 1
Arkansas 23
Delaware 35
District of Columbia 51
Florida 67
Georgia 81
Kentucky 97
Louisiana 121
Maryland 139
Mississippi 157
Missouri 173
North Carolina 185
South Carolina 205
Tennessee 223
Texas 237
Virginia 257
App. 1 Number of Slaveholders in 1860, by State 281
App. 2 Dates of Admission to, Secession from, and Readmission to the Union 283
App. 3 Economic Statistics 285
Bibliography 289
Index 303
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