The Southern Debate over Slavery

The Southern Debate over Slavery : vol. 1: Petitions to Southern Legislatures, 1778-1864

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A sampling of the petitions about issues of race and slavery that southerners submitted to their state legislatures between the American Revolution and the Civil War, this volume provides the first general access to a body of primary documents key to an understanding of blacks' and whites' experience of the slave society of the Old South.
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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 161 x 243.1 x 29mm | 766.38g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252026322
  • 9780252026324

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"An exceptional volume. Carefully edited and reasonably priced ... From the material lives of free blacks and the evolving nature of proslavery thought to the cultural world of antebellum slaves and the mind of the planter class, these petitions provide information for the researcher, and illumination for the undergraduate." -- Douglas R. Egerton, Georgia Historical Quarterly "Elegant... will enhance historical debate and instigate further research... Will help to produce a well-rounded study of slave law." -- Stephanie L. Baker, North Carolina Historical Review ADVANCE PRAISE "I cannot imagine a more important resource for scholars and students of slavery studies than The Southern Debate over Slavery. Every research library in the country will have to secure a copy of this volume." -- Darlene Clark Hine, editor of Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America "In petitioning state legislatures and county courts, southerners -- white and black -- exposed slavery's deepest secret: slavery was not what the law, the master, or the white man said it was. Instead, these memorials revealed slavery's complex reality and the on-the-ground struggles of slaves and their owners, free people of color, and white nonslaveholders... Schweninger has assembled a sample of these extraordinary documents. His book will quickly become a standard source for the study of antebellum society." -- Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
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