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Study Questions for Fox Butterfield, All God’s ChildrenPrologue (xiii-xvii)1. Why is Willie Boskett, Jr., so violent? Why is America so violent? What is Butterfield’s thesis?1. Why was Edgefield County, South Carolina, so violent, even when compared with the rest of the South? Can you list the reasons? 2. What is honor? Why was it so important to Southerners, black and white? 3. Was honor less important to Northerners, or is honor important to all human beings and to all societies? Did Northerners simply define it and defend it in different ways thanNortherners did? Were Northerners aggressive in different ways than Southerners were? Consider the dispute in Congress between Charles Sumner and Preston Brooks (pp. 16-18).2: Masters and Slaves(19-34)1. How did slavery help make the South violent? Can you list the reasons? 2. Was Edgefield County more violent in the nineteenth century before the Civil War, or after? Why do you think that was the case?1. What happened in Edgefield County after the Civil War? How did whites and blacks related to each other? 2. What was the Hamburg Massacre? Why was it important for the Boskets and other freed people? What were its consequences?3. What challenges did Aaron Bosket and his family face after the Civil War? Why did Aaron reject the path of violence?
1. What challenges did Pud Bosket and his family face in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century? Why did Pud take the path of violence?2. Why did blacks become more homicidal than whites in the 1890s and after, when theyhad been less homicidal before? Why were the 1890s the turning point? Can you list the reasons?1. What were the social and political circumstances in which James Bosket grew up in Augusta, Georgia? How did they affect him?2. What were the familial circumstances in which James Bosket grew up? What does Butterfield think he would have been like had he grown up with a father? If he had had a father with a different kind of reputation than Pud had? Were there warning signs that James might be dangerous? Irresponsible?