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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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Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery

Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery

(p.19) Chapter One Owning Slaves, Disowning Slavery
Deliver Us from Evil

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the changing structure and demography of slavery in the early republican upper South. It explores how the decline of the Chesapeake tobacco economy gave masters an incentive to dispose of surplus slaves, just as the rhetoric of the American Revolution gave upper South masters an ideological motivation to put slavery on a slow journey toward extinction. It also looks at how the expansion of slavery across the Appalachians into Kentucky and Tennessee engendered ambivalence toward the institution among whites in the new states.

Keywords:   slavery, upper South, Chesapeake tobacco, American Revolution, slave masters, Appalachians

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