Paternalism Contested

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 Contested

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This chapter examines the actions of those lower South whites who countered that paternalism was not an effective means of slave control. The massive migration of whites and the concomitant forced migration of slaves to the fresh cotton lands of western Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana generated a need for strict slave discipline in rapidly developing areas that played against the paternalist message of familial treatment of slaves. The constant tension punctuated by open conflict between the whites who settled the lower South and the Native American population that had long called the region home also encouraged whites to see military and paramilitary force as essential to their survival. Open warfare with Great Britain and the increased fear of slave insurrection that accompanied it also worked against the thrust of paternalist ideology by generating a popular taste for force and coercion.

Keywords: paternalist movement; insurgency; slavery; lower South; slave control; Native American population

Chapter.  15824 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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