The Ideology of Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Antebellum South, 1830--1860 (Library of Southern Civilization)

In one quantity, those primarily unabridged choices from the works of the proslavery apologists are actually comfortably available to students and scholars of the antebellum South. The Ideology of Slavery contains excerpts through Thomas R. Dew, founding father of a brand new section of proslavery militancy; William Harper and James Henry Hammond, representatives of the proslavery mainstream; Thornton Stringfellow, the main widespread biblical defender of the bizarre 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 throughout 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 booklet of the rfile itself.

Faust's creation to the anthology lines the early old remedy of proslavery suggestion and examines the new resurgence of curiosity within the ideology of the outdated South as an important portion of strong relatives inside of that society. She notes the intensification of the proslavery argument among 1830 and 1860, while southern proslavery inspiration 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 decisions, introductory reviews, and bibliography of secondary works at the proslavery argument might be of worth to readers drawn to the heritage of slavery and of nineteenth-centruy American thought.

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A short exam of Scripture Testimony at the establishment of Slavery In an Essay, first released within the spiritual bring in, and republished via request Locust Grove, Culpeper Co. , Va. , 1841. Brother Sands: conditions exist one of the population of those usa, which make it right that the Scriptures can be conscientiously tested via Christians in connection with the establishment of Slavery, which exists in numerous of the States, with the approbation of these who profess limitless subjection to God's printed will. it's branded by means of one component of humans, who take their principles of ethical rectitude from the Scriptures, as a superb sin; nay, the best of sins that exist within the country. they usually carry the duty to exterminate it, to be paramount to all others. If slavery be hence sinful, it behooves all Christians who're excited about the sin, to repent in dirt and ashes, and wash their palms of it, with no consulting with flesh and blood. Sin within the sight of God is whatever which God in his notice makes identified to be flawed, both by way of perceptive prohibition, by means of rules of ethical health, or examples of encouraged males, inside the 7. William C. Preston to Waddy Thompson, August 10,1857, in Waddy Thompson Papers, South Caroliniana Library, college of South Carolina, Columbia. See additionally James Henry Hammond to William Gilmore Simms, June eleven, 1852, in James Henry Hammond Papers, Library of Congress; Edmund Ruffin, August 2,1859, in Diary, Edmund Ruffin Papers, Library of Congress. Thornton Stringfellow, "The Bible Argument: or, Slavery within the mild of Divine Revelation," Cotton Is King and Pro-Slavery Arguments (Augusta: Pritchard, Abbott & Loomis, 1860), 459-546. 138 A short exam of Scripture Testimony at the establishment of Slavery sacred quantity. whilst those provide no legislation to sentence human behavior, there isn't any transgression. Christians should still produce a "thus saith the Lord," either for what they condemn as sinful, and for what they approve as lawful, within the sight of Heaven. it's to be was hoping, that on a query of such important significance as this to the peace and security of our universal kingdom, in addition to to the welfare of the church, we will be obvious cleaving to the Bible and taking all our judgements approximately this subject from its encouraged pages. With males from the North, 1 have saw for a few years a palpable lack of understanding of the divine will, in connection with the establishment of slavery. 1 have visible yet a couple of, who made the Bible their learn, that had got a data of what it did exhibit in this topic. Of past due, their denunciation of slavery as a sin, is loud and lengthy. I suggest, hence, to ascertain the sacred quantity in short, and if i'm really not drastically incorrect, I will be capable of make it look that the establishment of slavery has acquired, within the first position, 1st. The sanction of the Almighty within the Patriarchal age. second. That it used to be included into the one nationwide structure which ever emanated from God. 3d. That its legality was once well-known, and its relative tasks regulated, by way of Jesus Christ in his nation; and 4th.

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