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Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

in Deliver Us from Evil

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195118094
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118094.003.0002
Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery

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This chapter examines the changing structure and demography of slavery in the early republican upper South. It explores how the decline of the Chesapeake tobacco economy gave masters an incentive to dispose of surplus slaves, just as the rhetoric of the American Revolution gave upper South masters an ideological motivation to put slavery on a slow journey toward extinction. It also looks at how the expansion of slavery across the Appalachians into Kentucky and Tennessee engendered ambivalence toward the institution among whites in the new states.

Keywords: slavery; upper South; Chesapeake tobacco; American Revolution; slave masters; Appalachians

Chapter.  15380 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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