In the antebellum South, American slavery was a well-organized system of coercion and exploitation regarded by many as necessary for the economic prosperity of the South and the nation as a whole. However, some owners chose to show their slaves kindness and benevolence. The motivations behind these actions were complex and not necessarily benign in nature. This study makes use of both primary and secondary sources pertaining to the owners' motivations and the slaves' interpretations of such actions. Results are presented in chapters on (1) the characteristics of antebellum slavery and the many motivations behind benevolent treatment of slaves by their owners, including (2) societal pressures, (3) paternalism, (4) miscegenation, (5) desire for psychological manipulation, (6) personal morals or belief systems, and (7) economics; and (8) conclusions.
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 46/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Black studies, Black history, American history|
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