Paternalism Emerges

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

in Deliver Us from Evil

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195118094
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870936 | DOI:
Paternalism Emerges

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The emergence of the paternalist movement from its humble late-18th-century origins became a potent insurgency in the lower South. Paternalism's advocates faced twin challenges: they had to both persuade slaves to accept Christianity and convince whites that paternalism was an effective method of slave control. This chapter charts paternalism's rise during the Second Great Awakening and its emergence initially in areas such as the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, which had a network of well-established churches.

Keywords: paternalist movement; insurgency; slavery; lower South

Chapter.  15125 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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