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How Southerners Justified Slavery
A review of the arguments used by the Southerners to justify their ownership of slaves.
# 153218 | 1,311 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 07, 2013 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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The paper looks at the ways the South attempted to justify the ownership of slaves and the perpetuation of slavery. The paper discusses the slaveholders' use of religion and Scriptures to show that, historically and Biblically speaking, people of color were inferior to those who were white. The paper explains how those in the South spread the idea that slaves were absolutely vital for farming, and without them, there would be a major economic collapse that would affect both the South and the North. Additionally, the paper explains that the Southerners believed that slaves in the South had it much better than the industrial workers in the North who were working very hard and long hours in unpleasant conditions. The paper relates that the South argued that slavery helped the founding of the American Republic, and they even presented the emotional claim that slaves liked being slaves because they had all of their needs tended to! The paper concludes that while the South used many arguments to justify racism in the South, this emotional plea is probably the most egregious of them all.

From the Paper:

"Slavery has been around since the beginning of time and has existed in various forms throughout the world (Stevenson 1). Though the idea of slavery may seem strange to us now and it may even be beyond the ability of our imaginations' to conceive (1), slavery did exist and it did not only exist, but there were people, groups of people, who believed that there was nothing wrong with owning another person, forcing them to do work without being compensated for it, and, in general, being able to exert whatever control over that person that the owner wanted.
"By the end of the revolutionary period in America, slavery was quite common in the South, even though it was vehemently opposed in the North for the most part. Between the years 1780 and 1786, there were a handful of Northern states that abolished slavery or allowed for gradual emancipation (Stevenson 1). Ultimately, only 15 of the 33 states allowed slavery by the year 1860. However, this did not stop the slave population from growing. Between 1820 and 1860, the slave population grew by 257 percent to nearly four million (1).
"Slavery in the South grew as the economy grew (Stevenson 1), which is not surprising when one looks at the increase in the production of cotton. Between 1819 and 1855, the national production of raw cotton grew 921 percent (1)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ford, Lacy K. Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South. USA: Oxford University Press; 1st edition, 2009.
  • Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. & Genovese, Eugene D. Slavery in White and Black: Class and Race in the Southern Slaveholders' New World Order. Cambridge University Press; 1st edition, 2008.
  • Morris, Thomas D. Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860 (Studies in Legal History). The University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
  • Stevenson, Brenda. "How Did Southerners Justify Slavery?" 2006. Accessed on February 22, 2011: 5161- 465b-bbac-88be5bd43aad&k=22326

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