2.9 – Slave Empires and Pro-Slavery Interests

Readings

 

Drescher, Abolition, 60-65, 83-84, 91, 115-117

Beyond the Drescher reading, you do not have to do any more reading than is necessary for you to answer the discussion questions. Use as many, or as few, of the sources below as you need to.

Abolition Project, the Proslavery Lobby

Civil War causes, Selected Statistics on Slavery

William Harper, “Memoir of Slavery” (1837)

George Fitzhugh, “The Universal Law of Slavery” (1857)

Thorton Stringfellow, “Scriptural and Statistical Views in Favor of Slavery”(1856)

GLC, Facts about the Slave Trade and Slavery

slavery-and-economic-growth

National Humanities Center, Sexual Abuse of Slaves

Resistance by slaves

Discussion questions

What were some of the most important technological and political developments that contributed to the rise of a powerful slave-holding civilization in the South?

How did white southerners justify slavery? How accurate were their representations of what the system of slavery was like?

How did slave-masters control their slaves? How did slaves resist enslavement?

How profitable was slavery and what was the economic contribution of slavery to the U.S. economy?

Once slaves had arrived in the Americas, what were some of the ways masters punished slaves to compel obedience?
(Use this site for examples)

What were some of the ways that slaves resisted their enslavement?

In your view, where was slavery in the Americas harshest? Why?

What economic factors contributed to the expansion of slavery in the European colonies in the Americas?

What religious influences contributed to the expansion of slavery in the European colonies in the Americas?

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