Paul Finkelman Defending Slavery Essay

... “Keeping in mind Gregory O'Malley’s article, “Beyond the Middle Passage: Slave Migration from the Caribbean to North America, 1619-1807,” as well as materials from the lectures, describe the contribution of African-Americans, whether slave or free, to the composition of the population of the United States by 1790.  How important does O’Malley believe that second voyages, from Caribbean islands to the mainland, were in creating the African American population of the colonies on the North American continent that became the United States?  How and why do O’Malley’s estimates differ from those of other historians?  What implications may his findings have for how Africans were absorbed into mainland society?” The New Demand for Slavery By the year 1790, slave trade became the dominant source of labor in the English colonies, and the Caribbean. The bound labor made it to America in two different routes, and often determined their worth, but they never became more than a minority. The slave trade provided a substantial growth in the Colonies, now allowing the whites to have workers that could complete the hard tasks, undesired by traditional colonial people. The bound Africans were thought to be essential labor, which made the slave trade take off, and the importation numbers to rise. Therefore these areas, with an excessive deal of hard work, often felt that the bound labor was essential for economic growth and the United States population began to...


Within decades of the American Revolution, the Northern states had either ended slavery or provided for its gradual abolition. Slavery, however, was entrenched in the South and remained integral to American politics and culture. Nationally, it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, and Supreme Court decisions, and slaveowners dominated all three branches of the federal government. From the time of the Revolution until the Civil War (and beyond), Southern thinkers offered a variety of proslavery arguments. This body of thought--based on religion, politics and law, economics, history, philosophy, expediency, and science--offers invaluable insights into how slavery shaped American history and continues to affect American society. In this volume, Paul Finkelman presents a representative selection of proslavery thought and includes an introduction that explores the history of slavery and the debate over it. His headnotes supply a rich context for each reading. The volume also includes a chronology, a selected bibliography, and illustrations.
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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 10.16mm | 204.12g
  • 05 Mar 2003
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0312133278
  • 9780312133276
  • 758,566

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