Chapter_11_Notes - Chapter 11 Slaves and Masters...

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Chapter 11 Slaves and Masters Introduction : In this chapter we examine an array of topics related primarily to the pre-Civil War South. These include slave rebellions, the life of blacks in the South, white society in the South, and the emergence of cotton as the dominant product of the region, among other topics. Nat Turner’s Rebellion The most serious slave rebellion in the pre-war South and a turning point in the history of the region Took place in Virginia in August 1831 and nearly sixty whites killed This was the kind of thing southerners feared most and after the rebellion suppressed laws passed limited the rights of slaves and the threat of mob action prevented white dissidents from criticizing slavery. White Society It was divided by class and region; planters (those who owned 20 or more slaves) were the dominant class, and nonslaveholders were of lower rank. Only about one-quarter of white southerners owned slaves and planters made up only 4% of the southern population. Slave Families The family was the institution that prevented slavery from becoming totally demoralizing. On large plantations a majority of children lived in two parent
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