The Ideology of Slavery
Proslavery Thought in the Antebellum South, 1830–1860
Publication Year: 1981
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Series: Library of Southern Civilization
Cover, Title Page, Copyright
The pages that follow attempt to portray the development, mature essence, and ultimate fragmentation of proslavery thought during the era of its greatest importance in the American South. Although recent years have witnessed an intensification...
Introduction: The Proslavery Argument in History
The controversy over slavery in the antebellum United States did not end with abolition of the South's peculiar institution. In the century that has followed Appomattox, historians have debated the sources and meaning of the slavery agitation...
I. Thomas Roderick Dew: Abolition of Negro Slavery
Thomas Roderick Dew was born in 1802 in Tidewater Virginia to a plantation-owning family that had been in America since the midseventeenth century. In 1818, he enrolled at the College of William and Mary, where he quickly rose...
II. William Harper: Memoir on Slavery
William Harper was born in Antigua in 1790, the son of a Presbyterian minister who moved with his family to Charleston in 1799. Young Harper graduated from South Carolina College in 1808 and was admitted to the bar in...
III. Thornton Stringfellow: A Brief Examination of Scripture Testimony on the Institution of Slavery
Thornton Stringfellow was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1788, and except for a brief period of residence in South Carolina lived in Fauquier and nearby Culpeper counties all his life.1 Son of a slaveholder who owned nearly...
IV. James Henry Hammond: Letter to an English Abolitionist
James Henry Hammond was born in South Carolina in 1807. Son of a schoolmaster who had moved South at the turn of the century, young Hammond graduated from South Carolina College in 1825. After several years teaching...
V. Josiah C. Nott: Two Lectures on the Natural History of the Caucasian and Negro Races
Josiah Nott was born in 1804 to a prominent South Carolina family. At the age of twenty, he graduated from South Carolina College, where he was a close friend of James Henry Hammond. Nott studied at the College of Physicians and Surgeons...
VI. Henry Hughes: Treatise on Sociology
Born in 1829, Henry Hughes grew up in Port Gibson, Mississippi. In 1847 he graduated from Oakland College in his native state, then went on to New Orleans to study law and to Paris to pursue such varied subjects as architecture...
VII. George Fitzhugh: Southern Thought
George Fitzhugh was born in 1804 in Prince William County, Virgina. Although he was descended from one of Virginia's oldest and most prominent families, Fitzhugh himself was never prosperous. The agricultural decline...
Selected Bibliography of Secondary Works on the Proslavery Argument