Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South by Lacy K. FordDeliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South by Lacy K. Ford

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

byLacy K. Ford

Paperback | November 15, 2011

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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 records, pamphlets, and speeches, Lacy K. Ford recaptures the varied and sometimes contradictory ideas and attitudes held by groups of white southerners as they tried to square slavery with their democraticideals. He excels at conveying the political, intellectual, economic, and social thought of leading white southerners, vividly recreating the mental world of the varied actors and capturing the vigorous debates over slavery. He also shows that there was not one antebellum South but many, and not onesouthern white mindset but several, with the debates over slavery in the upper South quite different in substance from those in the deep South. In the upper South, where tobacco had fallen into comparative decline by 1800, debate often centered on how the area might reduce its dependence on slavelabor and "whiten"itself, whether through gradual emancipation and colonization or the sale of slaves to the cotton South. During the same years, the lower South swirled into the vortex of the "cotton revolution,"and that area's whites lost all interest in emancipation, no matter how gradual orfully compensated. An ambitious, thought-provoking, and highly insightful book, Deliver Us from Evil makes an important contribution to the history of slavery in the United States, shedding needed light on the white South's early struggle to reconcile slavery with its Revolutionary heritage.
Lacy K. Ford is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.
Title:Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old SouthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199832439

ISBN - 13:9780199832439


Table of Contents

Part OneThe Upper South's Travail1. Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery2. Rebellion and ReactionPart TwoThe Lower South's Embrace of Slavery3. Opening the Slave Trade4. Extending SlaveryPart ThreePaternalism Rising5. Paternalism Emerges6. Paternalism ContestedPart FourPaternalism in Crisis7. The Scare8. Analyzing the Scare9. Reacting to the ScarePart FiveWords and Deeds10. Discourses of Colonization11. Rumors and InsurrectionPart SixThe Upper South Responds12. The Upper South Debates Slavery and Colonization13. Tennessee Debates Slavery14. Ending Free Black Suffrage in North CarolinaPart SevenThe Lower South Responds15. Reaction in the Lower South16. Abolition Poison and Southern Antidotes17. The Ideological Reconfiguration of Slavery in the Lower South