Paper Title

[3.1] A Not So Necessary Evil: The Justification of Slavery in the Deep South

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Cultural History | History | Social History | United States History

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Why did slavery exist? This is the exact question that I interrogate in my paper, “A Not So Necessary Evil: The Justification of Slavery in the Deep South.” The institution of slavery existed in the United States for over two centuries until the American Civil War led to it being abolished. While obviously an institution created by racism, Southerners in the Deep South of the Unites States had a multitude of arguments in which they justified slavery. Racism aside, pro-slavery enthusiasts argued for the economic, agricultural, and religious justifications of slavery. Their arguments included studies on the physiology of African-Americans, they used quotes from the bible, and they even went to the extent to state that slaves enjoyed enslavement. With in-depth analysis of primary and secondary sources, I explain in detail the many ways in which slavery was justified in the Southern Hemisphere of the United States of America, and come to the conclusion that it was not necessary, even though so many Southerners believed it was.

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[3.1] A Not So Necessary Evil: The Justification of Slavery in the Deep South

IB 1020

Why did slavery exist? This is the exact question that I interrogate in my paper, “A Not So Necessary Evil: The Justification of Slavery in the Deep South.” The institution of slavery existed in the United States for over two centuries until the American Civil War led to it being abolished. While obviously an institution created by racism, Southerners in the Deep South of the Unites States had a multitude of arguments in which they justified slavery. Racism aside, pro-slavery enthusiasts argued for the economic, agricultural, and religious justifications of slavery. Their arguments included studies on the physiology of African-Americans, they used quotes from the bible, and they even went to the extent to state that slaves enjoyed enslavement. With in-depth analysis of primary and secondary sources, I explain in detail the many ways in which slavery was justified in the Southern Hemisphere of the United States of America, and come to the conclusion that it was not necessary, even though so many Southerners believed it was.