In one quantity, those basically unabridged decisions from the works of the proslavery apologists are actually with ease available to students and scholars of the antebellum South. The Ideology of Slavery contains excerpts by means of Thomas R. Dew, founding father of a brand new part of proslavery militancy; William Harper and James Henry Hammond, representatives of the proslavery mainstream; Thornton Stringfellow, the main popular biblical defender of the atypical establishment; Henry Hughes and Josiah Nott, who introduced would-be scientism to the argument; and George Fitzhugh, the main severe of proslavery writers.
The works during this assortment painting the improvement, mature essence, and supreme fragmentation of the proslavery argument through the period of its maximum value within the American South. Drew Faust offers a brief advent to every choice, giving information regarding the writer and an account of the beginning and book of the record itself.
Faust's creation to the anthology strains the early historic remedy of proslavery inspiration and examines the new resurgence of curiosity within the ideology of the previous South as an important part of strong family inside of that society. She notes the intensification of the proslavery argument among 1830 and 1860, while southern proslavery idea grew to become extra systematic and self-conscious, taking over the features of a proper ideology with its ensuing social move. From this intensification got here the pragmatic tone and inductive mode that the editor sees as a attribute of southern proslavery writings from the 1830s onward. the choices, introductory reviews, and bibliography of secondary works at the proslavery argument can be of price to readers attracted to the background of slavery and of nineteenth-centruy American thought.
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