Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840

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University of Georgia Press, Oct 1, 1990 - History - 501 pages
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Probing at the very core of the American political consciousness from the colonial period through the early republic, this thorough and unprecedented study by Larry E. Tise suggests that American proslavery thought, far from being an invention of the slave-holding South, had its origins in the crucible of conservative New England.

Proslavery rhetoric, Tise shows, came late to the South, where the heritage of Jefferson's ideals was strongest and where, as late as the 1830s, most slaveowners would have agreed that slavery was an evil to be removed as soon as possible. When the rhetoric did come, it was often in the portmanteau of ministers who moved south from New England, and it arrived as part of a full-blown ideology. When the South finally did embrace proslavery, the region was placed not at the periphery of American thought but in its mainstream.

  

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User Review  - samfsmith - LibraryThing

A good reference book, but it focuses more on who the proslavery writers were than on what they actually wrote. However, the essential facts of their arguments are presented. Of course, without the ... Read full review

Contents

Beyond Racism and the Positive Good Argument
3
Origins of Proslavery in America 17011808
12
Proslaverys Neglected Period 18081832
41
Proslavery Heritage of Britain and the West Indies 17701833
75
The Positive Good Thesis and Proslavery Arguments in Britain and America 17011861
97
American Defenders of Slavery 17901865
124
Death of Americas Revolutionary Ideology 17761798
183
Launching the Conservative Counterrevolution 17951816
204
Absence of a Southern Ideology for Proslavery 18311835
308
The South Becomes Ideologized 18351840
323
Proslavery Republicanism
347
Proslavery Clergymen
363
Proslavery Ideography Codebook
367
Notes
371
Bibliography
427
Illustration Credits
471

The Conservative Proslavery Center 18161865
238
Emergence of Proslavery Ideology in the North 18311840
261
Proliferation of Conservative Ideas in the South 18151835
286

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Page 449 - Society shall be called the American Society for colonizing the free people of colour of the United States.
Page 451 - ˇFree remarks on the spirit of the federal constitution, the practice of the federal government, and the obligations of the union, respecting the exclusion of slavery from the territories and new states. By a Philadelphian.

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About the author (1990)

Larry E. Tise, author or editor of several books on southern history, is director of the Benjamin Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

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