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Deliver Us from EvilThe Slavery Question in the Old South$
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Lacy K. Ford,

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195118094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118094.001.0001

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Reacting to the Scare

Reacting to the Scare

(p.269) Chapter Nine Reacting to the Scare
Deliver Us from Evil

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the refusal of the South Carolina legislature to adopt many of the draconian control measures recommended by Charleston-area leaders in response to the Vesey scare. Lowcountry leaders then reacted to the legislature's moderation with the formation of an aggressive voluntary organization, the South Carolina Association, charged with protecting the interests and safety of white Charlestonians. The association quickly emerged as the vanguard of proslavery radicalism in the lower South and a sworn enemy of the paternalist movement.

Keywords:   slavery, insurrection, Denmark Vesey, South, Charleston, James Hamilton, paternalist insurgency, South Carolina

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