CH16 – The South & the Slavery Controversy
Time Frame: 1793-1860
Objectives: At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the economic strengths and weaknesses of the Cotton Kingdom and its central role in the prosperity of Britain as well as the United States.
- Outline the hierarchical social structure of the South, from the planter aristocracy to African American slaves.
- Describe the nonslaveholding white majority of the South, and explain why most poorer whites supported slavery even though they owned no slaves.
- Describe the workings of the peculiar institution of slavery, including the role of the domestic slave trade after the outlawing of international slave trading.
- Describe African American life under slavery, including the role of the family and religion.
- Describe the rise of abolitionism in both the United States and Britain, and explain why it was initially so unpopular in the North.
- Describe the fierce southern resistance to abolitionism, and explain why southerners increasingly portrayed slavery as a positive good.
- Two page response to The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass