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Deliver Us from Evil

Lacy K. Ford,

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195118094
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118094.001.0001
Deliver Us from Evil

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A major contribution to our understanding of slavery in the early republic, this book 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 on primary sources, including newspapers, government documents, legislative records, pamphlets, and speeches, this book recaptures the varied and sometimes contradictory ideas and attitudes held by groups of white southerners as they debated the slavery question. The book conveys the political, intellectual, economic, and social thought of leading white southerners, vividly recreating the mental world of the varied actors. The book also shows that there was not one antebellum South but many, and not one southern white mindset but several, with the debates over slavery in the upper South quite different in substance from those in the deep South.

Keywords: slavery; early republic; primary sources; white southerners; upper South; deep South

Book.  864 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Introduction in Deliver Us from Evil

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Rebellion and Reaction in Deliver Us from Evil

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Opening the Slave Trade in Deliver Us from Evil

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Extending Slavery in Deliver Us from Evil

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Paternalism Emerges in Deliver Us from Evil

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Paternalism Contested in Deliver Us from Evil

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The Scare in Deliver Us from Evil

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Analyzing the Scare in Deliver Us from Evil

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