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

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

Paul Finkelman / Jun 02, 2020
Defending Slavery Proslavery Thought in the Old South A Brief History with Documents 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 Ame
  • Title: Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents
  • Author: Paul Finkelman
  • ISBN: 9780312133276
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofWithin 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 thought based on religion, politics and law, economics, history, philosophy, expediency, and science offers 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.
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    About "Paul Finkelman"

      • Paul Finkelman

        Paul Finkelman is an American legal historian He received his undergraduate degree in American studies from Syracuse University in 1971, and his master s degree 1972 and doctorate 1976 in American history from the University of Chicago.


    856 Comments

    1. This was a book for a history class in my early years of college, but I reread it recently It is a fascinating look on the American version of slavery, namely racial slavery, and the cycles that it went through The author explains the several defenses of slavery, including religious, scientific and economic reasoning, and what provoked them.It includes a summary by the author and several pieces of notable figures of American history including Thomas Jefferson.


    2. This is a really good book to read along with the Slavery and the Founders book It shows how truly twisted proslavery arguements were and to what extremes southern slaveholders would go to defend their peculair institution The documents are really interesting to read and just see what they could come up with to defend slavery Read it.


    3. I enjoyed this book I have read many books about the Civil War, and slavery, and been in countless discussions about the issue What was nice about this book was to actually read the source material that was used to defend the institution of slavery through the various meanscial, economical, religious, etc.


    4. Defending Slavery Proslavery Thought in the Old South A Brief History with Documents, written by Paul Finkelman, is possibly the single most warped presentation of selective truths this graduate student has read in some considerable time.


    5. Slavery was a monstrous injustice, defended to the death by the rich, powerful racial feudalists of the American South This book lays bare for the modern reader the disgusting logic used to enslave and then oppress African Americans.


    6. Very interesting to read the opinions of pro slavery thought in the Old South There are variety of basis of these arguments, but all these writings demonstrate that it all came back to racism.


    7. Strange to hear the other side of the story and the twisted, economic and scientific rational that buttressed the pro slavery argument



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