“The Progeny of Jamestown”

Matthew E. Stanley

in The Loyal West

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9780252040733
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252099175 | DOI:
“The Progeny of Jamestown”

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This chapter demonstrates how antebellum migration, culture, and politics laid the foundation for the region’s white supremacy, its libertarian proclivities, and its sharp class and racial hierarchies. I argue that a cross-class fear of losing the privileges associated with whiteness drove an antebellum political culture that fostered racial aversion, agnosticism toward slavery, and antipathy toward African Americans and Upper Middle West “Yankees.” These tensions resulted in a remarkably flexible conservative Unionism by 1860.

Keywords: upland southerner; butternut; Yankee; Whig; Democrat; Logan; Ohio River; slavery; antislavery; Power

Chapter.  10179 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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