HIST 144 - Class Notes - 11.27.07

HIST 144 - Class Notes - 11.27.07 - HIST 144: Class Notes...

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HIST 144: Class Notes 11/27/07 Life on the Plantation Outline I. The Plantation Myth II. This Old South a. Yeomen and Freed Blacks b. Elite Women in the South III. Southern Nationalism (for Thursday) IV. A Life in Bondage V. Slave Suture and Everyday Life a. Influences from Africa Antibellum: After the Civil War Main Points: Southern society was complex: More than slaves and planters comprised social relationships and the economy Slaves developed unique cultures despite the brutality of slavery. Pre-Civil War American South An idea, myth that emerges out of the North The stereotypes  Rooted in reality Also a place that was conceived by the north and northerners to be this backwards,  plantation driven society. The Plantation Myth The stereotype of the old south emerges out of northerners’ fear of what they have become, and  harking back to the way things were. Given a lot of strength in the decades before the Civil War, because writers, artists, etc.  developed the ideas of aristocratic planters, poor white trash, faithful household slaves, beautiful  southern belles, superficial field hands, etc. The song “Dixie”, written by Dan Emmett expressed most popularly the image. The image of the South as “a land of cotton where old times are not forgotten.”
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Authorship is credited to Daniel Decatur Emmett, a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, who was a  member of a group called Bryant’s Minstrels.  But some believe “Dixie” was really a tune passed  on to Emmett by a pair of African-American brothers born to parents who were slaves. The song was part of a stage show given by a troupe of black-faced minstrels in NYC and it  helped popularize the Plantation Myth. Image supposed to be positive. Makes the south sound like a better place than the north to be. Lamenting the way the north has become corrupt. Southerners used the song as almost an anthem. Northerners used the song as making fun of the South, a parody of their “simple” society, but not  in a positive nature. Feeding the myth of the plantation governed by agrarian society and needs. Map demonstrates how many of the large plantations were in VI, NC/SC, New Orleans (Over 50  slaves).
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 144 taught by Professor Fortin during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Oneonta.

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