The Ideological Reconfiguration of Slavery in the Lower South

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

in Deliver Us from Evil

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195118094
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870936 | DOI:
The Ideological Reconfiguration of Slavery in the Lower South

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This chapter describes and analyzes the fleshing out of the ideological reconfiguration of slavery in the lower South, and explains the final rise of the paternalist movement from insurgency to orthodoxy in the region. Despite the initial setback paternalism suffered from the concerns aroused by the Turner insurrection and the abolition mail campaign, ultimately the ideology's triumph in the lower South owed much to the perception that it offered the most effective counter to the emerging humanitarian critique of slavery as an evil that required immediate redress—a line of argument that lay at the core of the new abolitionist crusade. The lower South's ideological reconfiguration of slavery married the virtues of paternalism as a system for managing enslaved blacks to the economic and political imperatives of independence and egalitarianism for white males. The union was sealed with a public vow to make race the central social distinction in southern society.

Keywords: slavery; lower South; paternalist movement; paternalism; ideology

Chapter.  15356 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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