Start your review of Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents Write a review Shelves: us-history-non-military An outstanding collection of documents with a great intro essay on the history of pro-slavery thought and its importance in antebellum society as well as its legacies after the Civil War. Shows the genuine if terrifying commitment of antebellum pro-slavery thinkers to slavery as a "positive good" and the center of their social and economic systems. Common to most of these documents was the An outstanding collection of documents with a great intro essay on the history of pro-slavery thought and its importance in antebellum society as well as its legacies after the Civil War. Common to most of these documents was the idea of slavery as part of a naturally or divinely ordered universe in which races, genders, and classes have preordained and proper roles in which all will be happy in contrast to what they saw as the raw capitalism of the north. Many of these documents come dangerously close to opposing democracy.
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Home Reviews This new edition of Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South introduces the vast number of ways in which educated Southern thinkers and theorists defended the institution of slavery.
This book collects and explores the elaborately detailed pro-slavery arguments rooted in religion, law, politics, science, and economics. In his introduction, now updated to include the relationship between early Christianity and slavery, Paul Finkelman discusses how early world societies legitimized slavery, the distinction between Northern and Southern ideas about slavery, and how the ideology of the American Revolution prompted the need for a defense of slavery. The rich collection of documents allows for a thorough examination of these ideas through poems, images, speeches, correspondences, and essays.
Document headnotes and a chronology, plus updated questions for consideration and selected bibliography help students engage with the documents to understand the minds of those who defended slavery.
Available in print and e-book formats. The documents are well selected. Moreover, a wide variety of arguments are represented. The introduction is especially noteworthy; I am unaware of any concise introduction to proslavery thought that is better suited to the classroom.
The documents include the key writings that historians of this subject deal with. This is a nice volume and should find a good undergraduate market.
This paper will summarize the first part of book taking as a main topic racial aspects of the slavery. In the first part of the book, Finkelman, gives a briefly introduction to the arguments supporting pro slavery in America during the Antebellum. The thoughts defending slavery have in common that slavery in America was justified based on racial aspects. This term was placed as a strong racial argument in favor of slavery. The basic premise of this theory was that all great societies must have someone to do the menial labor, in order to create a distinction between social classes.
Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents