Rebellion and Reaction

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

in Deliver Us from Evil

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195118094
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870936 | DOI:
Rebellion and Reaction

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This chapter explores the impact of Gabriel's insurrection plot on the upper South's consideration of slavery's future. White authorities in Virginia brutally suppressed the rumored rebellion in peremptory fashion and enacted strong measures to protect white safety. But the longer-term impact of the Gabriel insurrection scare intensified discussion of ways to facilitate colonization, encourage gradual emancipation (through the presumed success of colonization), and, most of all, stimulate the diffusion of slaves to the new cotton lands of the Southwest through the domestic slave trade.

Keywords: Gabriel; insurrection; upper South; slavery; colonization; emancipation

Chapter.  14702 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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