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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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Rebellion and Reaction

Rebellion and Reaction

(p.49) Chapter Two Rebellion and Reaction
Deliver Us from Evil

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the impact of Gabriel's insurrection plot on the upper South's consideration of slavery's future. White authorities in Virginia brutally suppressed the rumored rebellion in peremptory fashion and enacted strong measures to protect white safety. But the longer-term impact of the Gabriel insurrection scare intensified discussion of ways to facilitate colonization, encourage gradual emancipation (through the presumed success of colonization), and, most of all, stimulate the diffusion of slaves to the new cotton lands of the Southwest through the domestic slave trade.

Keywords:   Gabriel, insurrection, upper South, slavery, colonization, emancipation

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