The works in this collection portray the development, mature essence, and ultimate fragmentation of the proslavery argument during the era of its greatest importance in the American South.
Author: Drew Gilpin Faust
Publisher: LSU Press
In one volume, these essentially unabridged selections from the works of the proslavery apologists are now conveniently accessible to scholars and students of the antebellum South. The Ideology of Slavery includes excerpts by Thomas R. Dew, founder of a new phase of proslavery militancy; William Harper and James Henry Hammond, representatives of the proslavery mainstream; Thornton Stringfellow, the most prominent biblical defender of the peculiar institution; Henry Hughes and Josiah Nott, who brought would-be scientism to the argument; and George Fitzhugh, the most extreme of proslavery writers. The works in this collection portray the development, mature essence, and ultimate fragmentation of the proslavery argument during the era of its greatest importance in the American South. Drew Faust provides a short introduction to each selection, giving information about the author and an account of the origin and publication of the document itself. Faust's introduction to the anthology traces the early historical treatment of proslavery thought and examines the recent resurgence of interest in the ideology of the Old South as a crucial component of powerful relations within that society. She notes the intensification of the proslavery argument between 1830 and 1860, when southern proslavery thought became more systematic and self-conscious, taking on the characteristics of a formal ideology with its resulting social movement. From this intensification came the pragmatic tone and inductive mode that the editor sees as a characteristic of southern proslavery writings from the 1830s onward. The selections, introductory comments, and bibliography of secondary works on the proslavery argument will be of value to readers interested in the history of slavery and of nineteenth-centruy American thought.
Author: York University (Toronto, Ont.). Dept. of HistoryPublish On: 1981-09-01
In this volume Lovejoy has collected original contributions that discuss the ideology of slavery in several regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
Author: York University (Toronto, Ont.). Dept. of History
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Category: Social Science
In this volume Lovejoy has collected original contributions that discuss the ideology of slavery in several regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Three basic ideologies are considered: one based on Islam, another based on kinship structures, and a third, an abolitionist ideology, based largely on Christianity. The authors show how ideology justified slavery, obscuring its role in the system of production, and the part coercion played in its maintenance. 'It gives cause to re-examine many past assumptions and should stimulate more sophisticated analyses in the future.' -- Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Seminar paper from the year 2020 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Kulturwissenschaft), course: Slavery and Anglo-American Literature from 1800 to the Present, language: ...
Author: Leon Maack
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Category: Literary Criticism
Seminar paper from the year 2020 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Kulturwissenschaft), course: Slavery and Anglo-American Literature from 1800 to the Present, language: English, abstract: The aim of this paper is to answer the following questions: What role did the emerging system of capitalism play in the dehumanizing and enslavement of people of African origin from the 16th century onward? What impact did its ideology have on the lives and thoughts of the main characters in Caryl Phillips’ "Cambridge"? Caryl Phillips’ 1991 novel "Cambridge" shines a light on the harsh realities of slave labour on plantations in the West-Indian colonies. The practice of slavery itself has not been historically new when the transatlantic slave trade took off in the 16th century. This enterprise, however, gave rise to slavery as an institution of unprecedented magnitudes and brutality and would later prove to have colossal ramifications for the African continent and its future development. An institution like that of slavery could not exist if it weren’t for an ideology supporting it. The crucial aspect that ultimately distinguished this new kind of slavery from indigenous forms of servitude was capital. The mechanisms constituting this enterprise can be attributed to the rising cultural systems of capitalism and consumer culture, exploiting cheap labour to satisfy the demand for foreign goods such as sugar in European societies. Trading and exploiting African people came to be understood as a business venture, degrading human beings to a mere commodity and means of production, owned by businessmen such as the father of one of "Cambridge"'s main characters, Emily Cartwright. Her experiences and her thoughts on the enslaved people working on the unnamed Caribbean Island home to her father’s estate give insight into the racist perception of black people in distant Europe. In contrast, the reader gets to see the cruelties of slavery through the eyes of the novel’s namesake, Cambridge. Together, these completely distinct perspectives create a profound image of slavery as an institution, the capitalist forces behind it as well as the prejudices necessary to facilitate and maintain this atrocious enterprise.