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University, Court, and SlaveProslavery Academic Thought and Southern Jurisprudence, 1831–1861$
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Alfred L. Brophy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964239.001.0001

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The Southern Scholar

The Southern Scholar

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University, Court, and Slave

Alfred L. Brophy

Oxford University Press

In addition to the ideas of faculty discussed in chapter 2, visiting speakers at colleges and students themselves often wrote and spoke about slavery. This chapter turns to those ideas, often promulgated by politicians and other visiting dignitaries at graduation and at literary society speeches, as well as by students at their literary society meetings and in their literary journals. These ideas parallel and often copy the ideas of proslavery faculty. They reveal a focus on the economics of slavery, in a political theory of hierarchy in which enslaved labor for the benefit of others, and the widespread existence of slavery in human history. This reflects the increasingly prominent defense of slavery in colleges—and also, towards the late 1850s, increasing discussion of the desirability of a separate southern nation.

Keywords:   College students, proslavery thought, colleges and slavery, college literary societies, graduation addresses, student literary journals

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