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The Politics of Slavery

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.003.0013
The Politics of Slavery

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Kentucky was regarded as having the strongest antislavery movement of any of the slave states and many hoped it would be the first to abolish slavery. Most Kentuckians agreed with Henry Clay that slavery was evil, but they also agreed with him that it was necessary for public safety. There were many groups and individuals in the state organizing abolition movements, yet most Kentuckians feared too many free blacks in the state and refused to join. Most Kentuckians believed in the necessity of slavery as a means of social and racial control. For many, tradition and the notion of white racial superiority created a barrier to enacting a viable policy of gradual emancipation or envisioning a world with free white and black labor within the state.

Keywords: slavery; laws; abolition; American Colonization Society

Chapter.  8503 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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