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Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South

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A major contribution to our understanding of slavery in the early republic, Deliver Us from Evil illuminates the white South's twisted and tortured efforts to justify slavery, focusing on the period from the drafting of the federal constitution in 1787 through the age of Jackson.

Drawing heavily on primary sources, including newspapers, government documents, legislative re
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Hardcover, 673 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 6th 2009)
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Ronaldparlato
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the history of slavery, especially interesting because it begins the story in the Colonial era, where most books start much later. Account of the differences and divisions between the old, Upper South, and the new cotton kindom Lower South. A must for understanding slavery and Southern and of course American history
Jason Cecil
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book, but devastating to read as a white American. We really do a disservice to ourselves in how we generally treat the history of slavery in this country. The brutal racism of the state constitutional revisions of the Jacksonian Era are difficult to read, especially with nearly everything documented by the minutes of those conventions. This is a very important book, and I am proud that I have read it without fear as an American who is understanding better the systemic racism we bak ...more
Mark Cheathem
I'm writing a longer review for the blog, but here's a short review. Ford's book likely will become a standard text in southern U.S. history courses. It's a comprehensive look at white attitudes toward slavery during the Early Republic period. It took a few weeks to read (over 700 pages of text and notes in smaller-than-normal print), but it was well worth the time.
Sue
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: slaves-civil-war
Too much material, compacted beyond belief, no pictures AT ALL.
This text is denser than the Bible, no consideration for the reader; like 10,000 newspapers (sans pictures) compacted into a 673-page volume. Good luck with that.
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