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Short Talk 9 15 08

Short Talk 9 15 08 - unsure of where the black citizens...

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09/15/08 REC section 006, Wahl In Part II of Morone's “ Hellfire Nation” , he compares and contrasts the North and South during the time of the abolitionist movement. One of the main differences between the two sides was their use of religion – in the North, it was used to encourage the abolitionist movement, by declaring all men as equal. In the South, it was used to “subdue” the slaves, and at other times southerners tried to suppress black religion. The North also had many women supporting the movement, whereas the South did not have remarkable numbers of women supporting the anti-abolitionist movement - although there we some women (called “naive”, by the men, on page 135) who taught slaves how to read. Despite their differences, the two sides had several things in common. Both sides, became fearful of the merging of the two cultures from at least an economic standpoint. They realized that now there was more competition for paying jobs that they had had sole access to for so long. They were also
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Unformatted text preview: unsure of where the black citizens would live. Some, including Lincoln, pondered returning the former slaves to Africa. Others pictured new “black colonies” which they believed would help stop the spread of slavery. And even in the North, James Pike of the Herald Tribune wrote that the states should “aim [...] to get rid of the Negro population entirely”. Both the North and the South had difficulty imagining how to integrate both societies successfully. Morone states that “markets are always embedded in a social and political context,” and that “biases sneak in”. It is apparent, in the difficulty America had in accepting the former slaves as free people, that biases did indeed “sneak in”, in many ways prompted by white people's resistance to change in the economy. The North and the South were, of course, originally at odds regarding whether or not slaves should be free, but eventually even the North found itself sympathizing in some ways with the South....
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