Plain Folk and Gentry in a Slave Society

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Plain Folk and Gentry in a Slave Society 1. How, in the minds of white southerners, did slavery reinforce republican liberty? White southerners believed that slavery was a legacy passed down to them by their fathers. They never questioned the institution until the abolitionists started to threaten it. Slavery was incorporated in every area of their lives and it was their right, they felt. They felt they had fought to keep their liberties in the American Revolution. Owning slaves symbolized their ultimate ability to be completely free to do what they wanted to be completely free from British tyranny. If you took slavery away, they felt you were taking away their ultimate right as free people. 2. How successfully did masters control their slaves’ values and communities? Not very well. Many slaves had been exposed to Christianity and believed that God would deliver them from their bondage. The masters couldn’t change what their slaves believed, nor could they always control who they told or talked to about it, though they tried. Also, many slaves married a slave from another
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 2055 taught by Professor Sheehan during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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