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Defending Slavery : Proslavery Thought in the Old South - A Brief History with Documents

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9780312133276

ISBN10:
0312133278
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Pub. Date:
3/5/2003
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Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

Within decades of the American Revolution, the Northern states had either ended slavery or provided for its gradual abolition. Slavery, however, was entrenched in the South and remained integral to American politics and culture. Nationally, it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, and Supreme Court decisions, and slaveowners dominated all three branches of the federal government. From the time of the Revolution until the Civil War (and beyond), Southern thinkers offered a variety of proslavery arguments. This body of thoughtbased on religion, politics and law, economics, history, philosophy, expediency, and scienceoffers invaluable insights into how slavery shaped American history and continues to affect American society. In this volume, Paul Finkelman presents a representative selection of proslavery thought and includes an introduction that explores the history of slavery and the debate over it. His headnotes supply a rich context for each reading. The volume also includes a chronology, a selected bibliography, and illustrations.

Author Biography

Paul Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. His many books include Slavery in the Courtroom (1985), which received the Joseph L. Andrews Award from the American Association of Law Libraries; His Soul Goes Marching On; Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid (1995), which was a History Book Club selection; and Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (second edition, 2002); and he is the co-author of A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (2002). He edited Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997), another volume in the Bedford Series in History and Culture. Finkelman has also published numerous scholarly articles on American legal history and race relations, and he lectures frequently on these subjects. In 1995, he was designated Virginia Historian of the Year by the Virginia Social Science Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
PART ONE Introduction: Defending Slavery
1(44)
Northerners, Southerners, and Slavery
3(3)
The Legitimacy of Slavery in Earlier Times
6(6)
The Emergence of Slavery in Early America
12(3)
The American Revolution Threatens Slavery
15(4)
The Emergence of Proslavery Thought
19(6)
The Outlines of Antebellum Proslavery Thought
25(14)
Racial Theory and Ideology: The Key to Proslavery Thought
39(6)
PART TWO The Documents
45(176)
Politics, Economics, and Proslavery Thought
47(49)
Notes on the State of Virginia, 1787
47(7)
Thomas Jefferson
Speech in the U.S. Senate, 1837
54(7)
John C. Calhoun
The Political Economy of Slavery, 1853
61(15)
Edmund Ruffin
Effects of Abolition in the United States, 1858
76(4)
Thomas R.R. Cobb
The Mudsill Speech, 1858
80(9)
James Henry Hammond
The Cornerstone Speech, 1861
89(7)
Alexander Stephens
Religion and Slavery
96(33)
The Duties of Christian Masters, 1851
96(12)
Reverend A.T. Holmes
De Bow's Review, Slavery and the Bible, 1850
108(6)
Protestant Episcopal Convention of South Carolina, Duty of Clergymen in Relation to the Marriage of Slaves, 1859
114(7)
The Bible Argument: Or, Slavery in the Light of Divine Revelation, 1860
121(8)
Thornton Stringfellow
The Law in Defense of Slavery
129(28)
North Carolina Supreme Court, State v. Mann (Opinion of Thomas Ruffin), 1829
129(4)
U.S. Supreme Court, Dred Scott v. Sandford (Opinion of Roger B. Taney), 1857
133(10)
What Is Slavery, and Its Foundation in the Natural Law, 1858
143(14)
Thomas R.R. Cobb
Racial Theory and Slavery
157(64)
Report on the Diseases of and Physical Peculiarities of the Negro Race, 1851
157(16)
Samuel A. Cartwright
The Hireling and the Slave, 1854
173(14)
William J. Grayson
Sociology for the South, 1854, and Cannibals All! 1857
187(14)
George Fitzhugh
Instincts of Races, 1866
201(11)
Josiah C. Nott
APPENDIXES
A Slavery Chronology (1619--1870)
212(4)
Questions for Consideration
216(2)
Selected Bibliography
218(3)
Index 221


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