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The Ideology of Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Antebellum South, 1830--1860 (Library of Southern Civilization)

In one quantity, those basically unabridged choices from the works of the proslavery apologists are actually with ease obtainable to students and scholars of the antebellum South. The Ideology of Slavery contains excerpts by way of Thomas R. Dew, founding father of a brand new part of proslavery militancy; William Harper and James Henry Hammond, representatives of the proslavery mainstream; Thornton Stringfellow, the main famous biblical defender of the extraordinary establishment; Henry Hughes and Josiah Nott, who introduced would-be scientism to the argument; and George Fitzhugh, the main severe of proslavery writers.

The works during this assortment painting the improvement, mature essence, and supreme fragmentation of the proslavery argument through the period of its maximum significance within the American South. Drew Faust offers a quick advent to every choice, giving information regarding the writer and an account of the starting place and booklet of the record itself.

Faust's creation to the anthology lines the early ancient therapy of proslavery proposal and examines the new resurgence of curiosity within the ideology of the previous South as a vital part of strong family inside that society. She notes the intensification of the proslavery argument among 1830 and 1860, whilst southern proslavery inspiration grew to become extra systematic and self-conscious, taking up the features of a proper ideology with its ensuing social circulation. From this intensification got here the pragmatic tone and inductive mode that the editor sees as a attribute of southern proslavery writings from the 1830s onward. the decisions, introductory reviews, and bibliography of secondary works at the proslavery argument can be of worth to readers attracted to the background of slavery and of nineteenth-centruy American thought.

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I've got earlier than stated that loose hard work is more cost-effective than the hard work of slaves, and as far as it's so, the of the unfastened laborer is worse. yet i feel President Dew has sufficiently proven that this can be merely precise of Northern nations. 119 WILLIAM HARPER it truly is subject of generic comment that the tendency of hot climates is to chill the human structure and indispose to exertions. The earth yields abundantly—in a few areas nearly spontaneously—under the effect of the solar, and the technique of assisting existence are acquired with yet mild exertion; and males will use no higher exertion than is important to the aim.

Three INTRODUCTION South itself. a few students long ago have tended to treat the safety of slavery as a made from southern guilt, an attempt via slaveholders to soothe consciences riddled with disgrace approximately violations of America's democratic creed. fresh recognition to the colonial origins and extensive extension of proslavery perspectives indicates the lifestyles of a robust substitute culture of social or even ethical legitimation upon which antebellum southerners may perhaps draw. much less philosophically and morally remoted than Charles and W.

We discover that the hugely obnoxious doctrine simply spoken of, used to be now not entertained through the gentleman from Berkeley on my own, yet used to be suggested to an both offensive volume by means of Mr. M'Dowell, who's intended by way of his neighbors to have made the main capable and eloquent speech in favour of abolition. He says, "when it [property] loses its application, while it now not contributes to the private advantages and needs of its holders in any equivalent measure with the fee or the chance or the risk of holding it, even more whilst it jeopards the se39 THOMAS R O D E R I C okay DEW curity of the public;—when this is often the case, then the unique objective for which it truly is licensed is misplaced, its personality of estate within the simply and worthwhile feel of it truly is long past, and it can be regulated with out inner most injustice, in any demeanour which the overall reliable of the group, by means of whose legislation it was once approved, may possibly require.

And the following i'd shut its defence; for what God ordains, and Christ sanctifies, may still definitely command the glory and toleration of guy. yet I worry there has grown up in our time a transcendental faith, that is throwing even transcendental philosophy into the shade—a faith too natural and increased for the Bible; which seeks to erect between males the next common of morals than the Almighty has published, or our Saviour preached; and that's most likely destined to do extra to bog down the extension of God's nation on the earth than all of the infidels who've ever lived.

Either the servant and the grasp have been one in Christ Jesus. either have been contributors of a similar church, either have been less than limitless and voluntary obedience to an analogous divine lawgiver. No political objection existed on the time opposed to their obedience to him just about slavery; and what's the need, now not of Paul, yet of the Lord Jesus Christ, instantly in individual, upon the case hence made out? Does he say to the grasp, having placed your self below my govt, you need to not carry your brother in bondage?

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