Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South

ISBN : 9780199832439

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.
688 ページ
154 x 233 mm

A major contribution to our understanding of slavery in the early republic, Deliver Us from Evil illuminates the white South's twisted and tortured efforts to justify slavery, focusing on the period from the drafting of the federal constitution in 1787 through the age of Jackson. Drawing heavily on primary sources, including newspapers, government documents, legislative records, pamphlets, and speeches, Lacy K. Ford recaptures the varied and sometimes contradictory ideas and attitudes held by groups of white southerners as they tried to square slavery with their democratic ideals. He excels at conveying the political, intellectual, economic, and social thought of leading white southerners, vividly recreating the mental world of the varied actors and capturing the vigorous debates over slavery. He also shows that there was not one antebellum South but many, and not one southern white mindset but several, with the debates over slavery in the upper South quite different in substance from those in the deep South. In the upper South, where tobacco had fallen into comparative decline by 1800, debate often centered on how the area might reduce its dependence on slave labor and " itself, whether through gradual emancipation and colonization or the sale of slaves to the cotton South. During the same years, the lower South swirled into the vortex of the " and that area's whites lost all interest in emancipation, no matter how gradual or fully compensated. An ambitious, thought-provoking, and highly insightful book, Deliver Us from Evil makes an important contribution to the history of slavery in the United States, shedding needed light on the white South's early struggle to reconcile slavery with its Revolutionary heritage.


Part One: The Upper South's Travail
Chapter 1 : Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery
Chapter 2 Rebellion and Reaction
Part Two: The Lower South's Embrace of Slavery
Chapter 3 Opening the Slave Trade
Chapter 4 Extending Slavery
Part Three: Paternalism Rising
Chapter 5 Paternalism Emerges
Chapter 6 Paternalism Contested
Part Four: Paternalism in Crisis
Chapter 7 The Scare
Chapter 8 Analyzing the Scare
Chapter 9 Reacting to the Scare
Section Five: Words and Deeds
Chapter 10 Discourses of Colonization
Chapter 11 Rumors and Insurrection
Part Six: The Upper South Responds
Chapter 12 The Upper South Debates Slavery and Colonization
Chapter 13 Tennessee Debates Slavery
Chapter 14 Ending Free Black Suffrage in North Carolina
Section Seven: The Lower South Responds
Chapter 15 Reaction in the Lower South
Chapter 16 Abolition Poison and Southern Antidotes
Chapter 17 The Ideological Reconfiguration of Slavery in the Lower South


Professor of History, University of South Carolina