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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 5th 2003 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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Cortney R
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.
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.
Bryan Mcquirk
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, economical, religious, etc.
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.
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.
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Strange to hear the other side of the story and the twisted, economic and scientific rational that buttressed the pro-slavery argument
Katie Chavez
Must-read for southerners.
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