Chapter 15

Chapter 15: The Old South

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The Defense of Slavery


How did white southerners defend the institution of slavery?

After the American Revolution, many white southerners defended slavery as a "necessary evil." The criticisms of abolitionists and Nat Turner's slave rebellion forced slavery's defenders to reconsider that argument. Thomas Dew, George Fitzhugh and others fashioned a pro-slavery argument in which they maintained that slavery was beneficial to slaves and masters, and was superior to the North's system of free labor.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Thomas R. Dew Defends Slavery (1852)
  2. George Fitzhugh: Slavery Justified (1854).
  3. George Fitzhugh: FROM The Blessings of Slavery (1857).
  4. John C. Calhoun Sees "Slavery in its true light…" (1838)
  5. John C. Calhoun on the Error of "All men are created equal" (1848)
  6. James Henry Hammond, "The Mudsill Theory" (1858)
  7. George Fitzhugh, "The Universal Law of Slavery" (1850)
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