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

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


In one quantity, those primarily unabridged decisions from the works of the proslavery apologists at the moment are comfortably available to students and scholars of the antebellum South. The Ideology of Slavery comprises 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 favourite 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 advance, mature essence, and supreme fragmentation of the proslavery argument throughout the period of its maximum value within the American South. Drew Faust offers a quick creation to every choice, giving information regarding the writer and an account of the foundation and booklet of the record itself.

Faust's creation to the anthology strains the early old remedy of proslavery notion and examines the hot resurgence of curiosity within the ideology of the outdated South as an important element of strong family members inside of that society. She notes the intensification of the proslavery argument among 1830 and 1860, while southern proslavery concept turned extra systematic and self-conscious, taking up the features of a proper ideology with its ensuing social stream. 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 should be of price to readers drawn to the heritage of slavery and of nineteenth-centruy American thought.

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